Grammy Block Party Held On Music Row Tuesday Night
By Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville may be famous for country music but this city celebrates all genres of music. The annual Grammy Block Party proves that.
Nashville native and hip hop artist Chancellor Warhol played at the annual Recording Academy celebration on Tuesday and showcased one type of music coming out of his hometown.
"It's great to see the city grow and culminate as far as the music scene, to see so many different genres come together. It's beautiful," said Warhol.
The annual event at Owen Bradley Park on Music Row is a big party where the Nashville chapter of the Recording Academy comes out to celebrate its local membership.
Entertainer Laura Bell Bundy saw the show as an opportunity to put her music out in front of some industry heavy-hitters.
"Where I can show new material and remind people that I'm around," Bundy joked.
New group Royal Tailor got the crowd on its feet when it performed. The group has a new album coming out June 7th. The group's vocalist said their music is pop/rock, but with a message.
"It's something you can dance to, but at the same time it's something that'll speak to you as well," explained Tauren Wells of Royal Tailor.
When country artist Jerrod Niemann got the call to play the Grammy block party, he took it as a milestone in his career.
"There's two ways that you can be fulfilled as a musician and that's for fans to love you, and for your peers to give you that pat on the back. So I think that's what every artist, probably, at least strives for," according to Niemann.
The popular duo The Civil Wars closed out Tuesday night's show. They have a true Nashville story behind their success. Joy Williams and John Paul White have only been musical partners for a year and a half and have seen a lot of success in that short time. Superstar Taylor Swift gave the duo a big boost when she tweeted about their music.
"She selflessly dug the music and chose to let the world know about it, so we've got nothing but love for Tay-Tay," White said.
The Grammy Block party benefited the Recording Academy's Music Cares organization. The fund provides critical assistance to musicians during their time of need.