Walking in the door of our first GRAMMY party of the year, there’s already a level of excitement in the air. From someone helping you out of your Uber to a courtesy coat check, the entire night was perfectly planned. When we accepted the invitation for the 2018 Midwest GRAMMY Nominee and Membership Celebration, we knew we had to attend.
If you’ve never attended a GRAMMY event, dream of attending one day or have a higher curiosity level than others, read on for five things we learned from attending our first GRAMMY event.
- The night is perfectly planned.
With plenty of guests to entertain, it wasn’t a surprise to us when we were escorted in by name, our coats taken to a private coat check area and lead upstairs by a host. But, what was a surprise was when someone asked if we wanted a photo, boomerang or an Instagram story with the famous Gramophone. Instead of just having to ask a random stranger, the GRAMMY team had set up a host specifically to offer and make sure that guests had plenty of good Instagrammable material.
- It broadened our horizons for the music industry more than we imagined.
When it comes to the GRAMMYs, just a few categories come to mind. More often than not, we think of the GRAMMYs as “Song of the Year,” “Record of the Year,” “Best New Artist,” and so much more. But, the entire music industry doesn’t function without the help of lawyers, litigators, publishers, producers, songwriters and so much more. At the Midwest GRAMMY Nominee and Membership Celebration, we met musicians, non-musicians and even some Ivy League grads.
- People love to network and learn about each others’ paths.
Within five minutes of walking in the door, there were hands shaken, names exchanged and even business cards shared with new connections. Instead of the awkward conversations expected at a networking event or party, conversations were exciting, organic, and lead to more connections. Rather than awkwardly standing around and mingling among friends and colleagues,
- The GRAMMY community is supportive of each other.
After a couple of hours of networking, connecting and mingling, the GRAMMY Nominee and Membership celebration gave a toast to every single person that helped create the event, has a 2018 nomination or helped someone get there. Rather than a blanket toast, honorees were mentioned by name and celebrated like it was their birthday. After the toast, we had the chance to see Third Coast Percussion, a group that stunned the entire audience and had our attention completely captivated. Rather than talking throughout the performance, members and nominees took the time to watch the performance, cheer and even hold a larger discussion about the group’s background.
- Members are passionate about what they do.
There’s always that feeling when someone is talking about something that they are passionate about or that they work towards out of pure love. At the GRAMMY Nominee and Membership Celebration, there was so much love for the entire music community, no matter the role you hold or what your interests are.
Overall, the Midwest GRAMMY Nominee and Membership Celebration exceeded our expectations and brought our love of the music community to a brand new level. From meeting some of the most remarkable individuals in the music industry to learning more about what it takes to get a GRAMMY nomination, this event was definitely not one to miss.
Watch the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 28th, 2018 at 7:30 pm ET on CBS.