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Could The Grammy Awards Return To Nashville?

Posted at 5:34 PM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-15 23:59:06-05

The Grammy Awards have been held in Los Angeles for more than a decade, but if you go back to 1973, music’s biggest night was held in Nashville, Tennessee.

“The Grammys are just the greatest, you know?" Donna Fargo, Grammy Award winner for Best Country Vocal Performance for a Female, said, thinking back to her experience at the Grammy Awards.

Fargo was one of the artists who not only won a Grammy Award at the 15th Annual Grammy Awards, which were hosted at the Tennessee Theater on Church Street, a venue that no longer exists, but she performed at the awards show as well.

“Years pass and you look back on it and you think, wow, that was kind of an achievement.” Fargo said.
In addition to Fargo’s Grammy win, she was also nominated for two of her big hits, “Happiest Girl in the Whole USA”, and “Funny Face”.

Looking back on her experience at the Grammy Awards when they were hosted in Nashville, Fargo can’t help but hope the Grammys return to Nashville one day, a thought sparked after Nashville Mayor Megan Barry mentioned the idea leading up to the 2016 Grammy Awards.

“I would love it if the Grammys came back to Nashville.” Barry said to News Channel 5. “We know how to throw a great party, and so many of our folks who live in Nashville are nominees for the Grammys, so it would just be a lot easier, then they all wouldn’t have to go to LA.”

“Nashville’s got a soul.”  Fargo said, agreeing with the Mayor’s sentiments. “It’s Music City, you know? We’ve got the Grand Ole Opry and all these artists live here now, and the Grammy Awards should be in Nashville!”
For this year’s Grammy Awards, Nashville artists were nominated in 34 categories, solidifying how important Music City is to the music industry, not just the country music industry.

Artists like Jason Isbell, who won multiple Grammy Awards on Monday, Alabama Shakes, Jack White, and Kings of Leon are not considered country, but they still call Nashville home, and Fargo hopes the Grammy Awards can call Nashville home in the future as well.

“Definitely, the Grammys need to come to Nashville again.” Fargo said.

As of now, there are no plans in stone to bring the Grammy Awards back to Nashville, but it is something that local lawmakers and those in the music industry have on their radar.