Music City Beat
Hours before stars were set to take the stage for an historic event in music city.
"We want to be up front to see everyone. Everyone thinks everything happens here, but it doesn't. we don't get to go to cool stuff like this" says Amber Wallace of Clarksville.
For the first time in Grammy history, The Recording Academy is holding the concert outside of LA.
Fitting since country music did so well last year.
"Last year, Nashville was represented in 22 of 78 categories. Only 4 are in country. You can think of that in how diverse this community is" says George Flanigen, the a National Chairman for the Recording Academy.
But presence isn't the reason they moved the star studded event, Flanigen says Music City was on there radar because of Nashville's mayor.
"The mayor asked if we would bring Grammy's to Nashville. With the new music city center and the different things happening that was an opportunity for us to look at Nashville" says Flanigen.
101 The Beat DJ, "Dolowite" is celebrating 11 years on the airwaves of the hip hop station.
He also throws "The Socialite", the cities longest running weekly urban party and says this kind of attention is long over due.
"There is a large community of hip hop alone in what I do that doesn't get outside attention, but we know if you live in the city. It's nice to have some spotlight on that not just country music in Nashville" says Dolowite.
That diversity will be noticed from minute one.The show is hosted by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift and the performances are just as diverse.
"We have Ne-Yo, Maroon 5, Dierks with The Band Perry, Luke Bryan and a lot of special guests throughout" says Flanigen.
Organizers say they aren't sure if they will bring The Grammy Nominations back to Nashville next year.
But for now are excited Nashville is home to the night that gets their Grammy season started!
"We call it the kick off to music's biggest night which is the Grammy Awards"
Thursday, December 6 2012, 08:18 PM CST