My love for country music runs down deep to my core, so being able to attend the 50th Anniversary Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee was an incredible treat for me. I was so thankful that my friends over at the ABC Network gifted me with tickets.
I started the day getting my hair done and then going back to the hotel to fix my make-up. Surprisingly, I ended up getting dressed in a parking garage…yeah, I know what you are thinking…is this girl serious? Well, yes I am! You see, I knew the traffic downtown would be crazy and there would be a huge crowd at Bridgestone Arena, so it was important to arrive early. However, I did not want to wear my gown in the car and wrinkle it. I was not staying in a hotel downtown, so I had to find someplace to change into my gown. That’s how I ended up in a restroom in a parking garage.
While getting dressed, I could not fasten the hook in the back, so I asked my publicist to do it for me. He’s a guy, though, and knows nothing about women’s fashion, so he ended up tearing one of the hooks. Luckily, the garage manager (a woman) came to the rescue and helped fasten my gown. I was not very enthusiastic about getting dressed and touching up my hair in a stinky parking garage bathroom, but I was happy to be on my way to the CMA Awards!
After arriving, I noticed the excitement in the air and utter joy that was flowing from everyone! I was in awe of all of my idols as I watched each take the stage. It was truly an unforgettable night. As many of you know, I am a huge Dolly Parton fan so being able to sit in a place where I could clearly see Dolly — well, you know… that made my whole night. You know what they say-- the bigger the hair, the closer to Jesus… and Miss Dolly, she has that down pat! I thought each performer was truly remarkable and I felt so lucky to be a part of an extraordinary night of country music. More importantly, I was over the moon that the CMA honored and respected the legends who truly built country music!