Grammy Nominations Concert Brings Big Business to Downtown
by Emily Luxen
NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Nashville takes center stage as the host of the Grammy Nominations concert, and downtown business owners are thrilled to be back in the spotlight.
This marks the first time the concert has been held outside of Los Angeles.
Since the NHL lockout has kept Bridgestone Arena dark many nights, and hockey fans at home, owners of multiple bars and restaurants along Broadway say they have been suffering.
However, the Grammy concert came at the perfect time. Broadway Brewhouse server Amy Irvin said it helped turn a normally slow weekday into a busy one.
"In general, winter is a slow time of year for us," said Irvin. "This helps bring money in and helps workers make money as well."
In addition to enjoying some extra business, downtown business owners say the high profile event also helps showcase all Music City has to offer. Music fans in from out of town said they appreciated the warm welcome.
"I love downtown and that atmosphere," said Ashley Nelson, who was visiting from Georgia. "It's busy and it's great to see all these people."
"Everyone has been so welcoming," said Dixie Moore, who was also visiting from Georgia. "I will be back."
Officials at the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau say it's still too early to know how much money the concert will bring to the local economy, but they hope to have official numbers next week. They hope a successful event will prove the city is ready to host the Grammy Awards in the future.
The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.