If the CMA Awards are ‘country music’s biggest night,’ then one can only imagine the pre-party! Just a little more than a week before the big November 8 event, nominees gathered at the Parthenon in Nashville’s Centennial Park for a celebratory dinner. A dinner that sounds as almost as amazing as the artists who attended.
Unsurprisingly, there was some serious fame at the party. USA Today covered the event.
According to their report, attendees dressed in cocktail attire and included nominees from several categories. It was easy to spot them. Not only because of their fame but because they each had a large medallion around their neck to designate their status.
Entertainer of the Year nominee Garth Brooks was there, as was Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Miranda Lambert. Dierks Bentley, nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Group of the Year nominee Little Big Town attended.
Of course, they weren’t the only ones. Single of the Year nominee Jon Pardi and Duo of the Year LoCash were also in attendance. Music executives and songwriters joined the artists.
James Beard Award-winning chef, Tandy Wilson of City House, prepared the four-course meal. The event began with a cocktail hour in the front room; guests were given glasses of wine. First arrivals included songwriters Rhett Atkins, Josh Osborne, and Luke Dick.
There was also a class photo, which was undoubtedly the coolest class photo ever.
The “greatest format and genre.”
The Country Music Association dinner began with CMA CEO Sarah Trahern’s remarks. She reminded them what the CMA is all about. She praised the fact that thanks to artist participation in the CMA Festival earlier this year, music education received $2.5 million last week.
Garth Brooks offered a toast to the 58 people killed in the Las Vegas shooting on October 1. He also recognized his fellow artists: “We’re all one family,” he said to the room. “Here’s to the future of country music. It rests on your shoulders, and it’s in damn good hands.”
But the night was perhaps best encapsulated by his other remarks. Garth called country music the “greatest format and genre there is.”
We couldn’t agree more.