Yup. It happened... in 2015 I got to attend the Academy of Country Music Awards. This was the 50th Anniversary of the ACM Awards, which was held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. How the hell did I get a ticket to this, you ask?
When I was working with Encore Live during that time, we had the opportunity to produce the Academy of Country Music's Lifting Lives Gala. Typically the awards show is held in Las Vegas, but since this year was their 50th Anniversary, they decided to host the event in Dallas. This was one of the most challenging, yet exciting, events I have ever produced. We got to work with Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, and Hunter Hayes. As a huge country fan, this is not a big deal at all....
... a little sneak on to the red carpet before the show begins! I gotta take advantage of the job sometimes, right?
Surprise! There's Nancy O'Dell, who was one of our hosts for the show. We also got Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, and Lady Antebellum all joining in on the picture.
Working with the media is probably my least favorite part of producing these events. All I got to say to that is NEEDYYYYY. The media might even be worse than the celebrities.
The Band Perry was by far one of the coolest band I have ever worked with. They are just as friendly in person as you see on tv. And they actually followed their schedule and were on time to everything!!! That does not happen...
Little Big Town joining The Band Perry! I enjoyed working with both of these groups. They were all so open to taking pictures with each other and with our VIP guests. Meet & Greets are also another tough piece to the event day. You need to make sure you have all the logistics ready to go smoothly. It's a LOT of people with NOT a lot of time. Make sure to have more than enough staff located in their correct positions. It's hard to not "fangirl" out but that's definitely a NO NO in this industry.
We got every single artist to sign these guitars. We gave out the guitars to certain organizations as well as auctioned off a couple at the Gala. My only regret of the night was not stealing one for myself...
Awesome performances by all! It was a great show & a great night. I am so blessed to have been a part of the 50th Anniversary to the ACM's. Hopefully in the future I'll be helping out in Vegas!
Along with producing the Lifting Lives Gala, we got tickets to the Academy of Country Music Awards! That means, let's get dolled up and HAVE FUN! People in the events industry get really excited when they can actually attend an event without having to work it - that doesn't happen very often.
Dresses & Boots = Red Carpet Ready!
We also got tickets to the ACM After Party outside the Dallas Cowboy Stadium. So many more artists performed and we got to hang out with the Dallas Cowboys. Not a bad night, eh?! I'm ready for round two!
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