This CMA Awards was one for the books. The performances were historical along with all the talented winners from the night. Also, the fact that we don’t have to board a plane, makes for a more pleasant award show experience and date night ;). Leading up to all these major events, you can plan and organize for everything to run smoothly, but like my mom always says, “God has a great sense of humor.” Plans fall through and things change…but that is A-OK! You have to learn how to roll with it and enjoy each experience for what it has to offer. It’s always a choice to either handle it positively or ruin a moment with an emotional reaction.
This year, Phillip and the band were nominated for several awards, so we were prepared for an eventful day and evening. A little before showtime, we arrived on the red carpet (which always makes for the best people watching) glammed up wearing our biggest smiles. Seeing all the fans excitement, watching artists participate in interviews and bumping into good friends never disappoints. Once the curtain dropped and we were live on air, the entertainment was nonstop. Anyone there or watching from home would agree that one of the most notable moments of the night had to be the insane Justin Timberlake // Chris Stapleton collaboration. That performance was watching Country Music history in the making. I still can’t believe how lucky I was to watch it all unfold before my very eyes.
Phillip and I topped off the night with a low key after party at Citizen where friends and a few notables gathered for drinks and mingling. With all the adrenaline and chaos surrounding the past 24 hours, I was thankful for the slower and more casual social affair. Causal as in getting in bed by 3:30am…The fun just never stops.
Regardless of any ‘mishaps’ that happened throughout the day, just like every year, I couldn’t have envisioned a more perfect CMA experience.
The night prior to the CMA Awards, BMI hosted their annual award ceremony. I always love this event because it highlights the craft and story of a song, and you know I’m always up for a good story. This year they honored the great songwriter, Mac Davis. Mac has written hit songs for legends like Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton. Dolly shared personal stories she and Mac had. Dolly’s raw emotion and personal touch made for an incredible storytelling experience. I have never read or heard about these stories anywhere else, yet here I was, in a closely packed room, soaking in every word, and every moment. Even Mac told a few stories. One about how his manager was hounding him about writing a “hooky” song, so Mac wrote a sarcastic song called “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me”. And for those who don’t know, that song went to #1 and won a Grammy. That’s what I call the best pay off for a sarcastic joke, ever.
I’m always so proud watching my wonderful husband be recognized for his work. That night he was recognized for co-writing the band’s song “Day Drinking.” We celebrated with an unintentional ‘after party’ with some close friends. As people were cleaning up from the beautiful evening, we continued to celebrate around the table with some good drinks, good friends and great conversation. I truly love and cherish these unexpected moments because often times, they provide the best memories. While it’s fun to get all fancy and play dress up for a night on the town, I’m reminded that it’s the people that make for a memorable evening.
Hair & Makeup: Dry House Dress: Intermix // Designer: Nicholas