Keith Urban Cancels Performances to Undergo Throat Surgery

The country star is putting his concerts on hold until after he recovers from his out-patient surgery

Keith Urban joins the growing list of musicians with serious throat problems. The country-music star is slated to have throat surgery later this month to remove a polyp from his vocal cords. The "You'll Think of Me" singer announced he'll have to cancel upcoming performances, including the January "All for the Hall" concert benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

"The surgery, an out-patient procedure, while minor, will require complete voice rest followed by an undetermined period of recuperation," Urban's rep said.

Several other singers have suffered from throat issues lately: R. Kelly had emergency throat surgery in July to drain an abscess on his tonsils; John Mayer was forced to cancel shows in order to have a granuloma near his vocal cords removed; and Adele had to scrap the rest of her entire 2011 schedule after a surgery to repair a hemorrhaged vocal cord.

Although Urban, 44, has nixed full-length concerts, he does plan to honor his one-song performances in the weeks leading up to his procedure. After the operation, however, he will rest his vocal cords as necessary to fully heal, his rep explained.

Looks like wife Nicole Kidman will need to nurse her hubby for awhile as he recuperates.

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