The rock icon lost his battle with cancer in January (16) and has been the subject of many musical tributes in 2016, and now three of country music's biggest acts will perform a cover of his classic Heroes for the TV charity drive.

The live performance will be taped during the 2016 ACM Honors ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday night (30Aug16), but it won't air until the Stand Up To Cancer telecast on 9 September (16).

The cancer organisation holds a special place in the hearts both Urban and Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook, who have both lost loved ones to cancer in the past year.

Urban's father, Robert, lost his battle in December (16), while Westbrook's sister, Joyce Marie Westbrook Morgan, passed away from the disease in November (16).

In addition to the country trio, Celine Dion is also slated to perform at the telecast, paying tribute to both her husband Rene Angelil and brother Daniel, who died days apart in January (16), while her brother-in-law, Guy Poirier, is currently fighting cancer in her native Canada.

Stand Up To Cancer will be broadcast live from the Music Center's Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and executive produced by actor Bradley Cooper, who lost his father to cancer in 2011.

Ben Affleck, Matthew MCConaughey, Emma Stone, Anna Kendrick, and Ken Jeong have also signed up to appear.