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Backstage at the GRAMMY Nominations Concert

Celebrities LL Cool J, Ne-Yo and Maroon 5 in Nashville for the GRAMMY nominations

Written By:  Nashville Lifestyles

Photographers:  Valerie Hammond & The Tennessean

Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan
Adam Levine of Maroon 5
Taylor Swift and LL Cool J
Taylor Swift and LL Cool J
Chris Young and Sheryl Crow
Dierks Bentley and Kimberly Perry
Nate Ruess of FUN.
Little Big Town
Grammy Stage
Backstage with Ne-Yo and Rhett Walker
Backstage with Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes
Backstage with LL Cool J and Hunter Hayes
Concert after the broadcast by Maroon 5

This past Wednesday, we found ourselves backstage at one of the year’s hottest music events, the GRAMMY Nomination LIVE! Concert at Bridgestone Arena. Besides rubbing elbows with The Lumineers, Ne-Yo, and shaking hands with LL Cool J himself (followed by speechlessness and big smiles on our part), we got the first glimpse at the full list of nominees as well as a killer view of performances by Maroon 5, FUN., and that wonderful Johnny Cash tribute (Jackson) by Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry. All the folks on the floor got a surprise gift from Luke Bryan when pounds of festive glitter burst overhead as he performed I Don't Want This Night to End.

Like everyone else in town, we were beyond thrilled to find out that so many Nashville artists made the nomination list this year. Many you've seen in our Year in Music issue like Eric Church, The Black Keys, and Kelly Clarkson. This year, Nashville has also welcomed many of the acts in the Best New Artist category for shows in town — if you were in the massive Live on the Green crowd for the Alabama Shakes performance this fall, you probably already called their nomination. One of our favorite parts of the night was Hunter Hayes announcing the nominees for Best Pop Vocal Album with his snippet renditions of each of their hits.

We’re anxious to see what happens at the awards ceremony, watch with us February 10 on CBS and keep your fingers crossed for all our Nashville artists to win big!

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Year in Music: Nashville 2011