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Grammy Block Party Celebrates Nashville

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For the 15th year The Recording Academy put a spotlight on all the musical talent that comes straight from Nashville.

The Grammy block party closed off part of Music Row at Owen Bradley Park and featured seven musical acts. Nearly a thousand Academy members and their guests attended the party.

The event featured all musical genres with ties to Nashville. The Megaphones kicked off Tuesday night's show.

"All of us call Nashville home, and make a living in the music industry in Nashville in any number of ways. But, we're fortunate to come together for this tonight in the hip hop soul band called the Megaphones," said group member Rahsaan Barber.

Will Hoge also played for the crowd, and was glad to take the stage in Nashville.

"I mean, this is home for us. I was born and raised here, so any chance we get to play for these folks is always a pleasure," Hoge said.

For singer Rhett Walker, the performing at the 2013 concert was a big switch from a year ago when he was in the audience.

"(I was) just trying to mingle my way into a good conversation, and meet new people, and this year we get to play it. And after getting nominated for a Grammy. It's been a fast year and a long year. We're stoked to be here tonight," Walker explained.

Country singer Kristen Kelly also made it from the audience to the stage in a year's time.

"And when I found out that I was going to get to play this year, I was like yeah. It's fun, it's a really cool event," Kelly said.

For these artists who are always on the road, playing the block party is a great way to get out in front of industry movers and shakers.

"I'm out playing for my fans, constantly. Sometimes there can be a disconnect with the people that are in the business, seeing what you're doing and what's going on with you live," said country artist Kip Moore.

The Nashville chapter received its charter from The Recording Academy in 1964.

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