What a weekend at the 50th Annual ACM Awards in Dallas, TX! The entire weekend was a whirlwind of interviews, fashion, photos, and of course, MUSIC. The Country Music community was all in one spot celebrating the history of this legendary awards show and THE BIGGEST artists of all time were doing it in Texas size style!
The trip for me began on Thursday afternoon. I left Nashville after work on NASH FM and flew to DFW. Loved sharing a plane with some of music city's finest... @RaeLynnOfficial, @DJ_Shawn_Parr, and several industry pros from Warner Music, BMI, CMA, and Universal Music. I had gotten the scoop from RaeLynn about her killer shoes and dress for #redcarpetradio before we even got our bags from baggage claim! I arrived at the Sheraton Hotel in Arlington where I was presented with official ACM hotel keys and a rundown of shuttles and walking to / from the arena, ballpark, convention center, and hotel.
I have to give a shout out for my #OOTD outfit of the Day #redcarpetradio look day 1 goes to @hampdenclothing for my awesome silk and linen Theory pants and Loeffler Randall sandals. Top is from Forever 21, and of course, I was sporting Lily & Laura Bracelets. Had no clue I would color coordinate so well with the red carpet... HA!
What's the first thing you do in Texas when you're hungry? FIND AUTHENTIC TEX MEX! DONE... Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith and I were on our way to Mariano's Mexican Restaurant with YELP recommendations galore and high hopes for some killer guac! Well, Mariano delivered... as did Thomas Rhett - we had listened to the new single, #CrashandBurn in the car on the way into the restaurant and the song was totally stuck in our heads during dinner... so much so that we were singing out loud in between bites of queso! So, OBVI we had to make this video with a shout out to one of our favorite Country crooners!
Outfit of the day... #OOTD
Thanks to Custard Boutique in Greenville, SC for my Silver Spur Lounge T-Shirt! (Dierks Bentley approved - #BTW)
Hampden Clothing delivered again with a polka dot fly-away fluid silk "pants/skirt" combo by Thakoon. Add a LUCKY Brand belt and Pour La Victoire suede booties... you're good to go!
This was a fab look combining both casual comfort, killer style, all the while in a bit of a #country vibe! LOVED IT!
First things first... THE OFFICIAL PRESS CONFERENCE with these goofballs... @lukebryanofficial & @blakeshelton - is there a better way to start your day??? I think NOT! Take a listen. Luke and Blake talk about the pressures of hosting duties for Country's biggest night in music!
DAY 3 - #RedCarpet Radio
IT'S FINALLY TIME... #RedCarpetRadio interviews begin... All day Friday and Saturday prior to awards shows, artists show up to a ball room filled with media outlets for private 4-6 minute interviews with each station including all radio, TV, and photographers!
This #OOTD is poppin' with color and it's about time... Spring is here! Though I'm not much for overdoing a floral theme, this combo is still edgy and structured with the athletic inspired neck band silk top from Nordstrom.
Tayna Taylor skirt from @hampdenclothing #wearinghampden.
Shoes are B&W done to the max and from ZARA!
REBA was by far my favorite artist to sit down with and her FULL interview will be coming soon - all about style through the decades as she was the recipient of the ACM Milestone Award for her amazing career as the "Queen of Country."
Reba has sold more than 30 million albums including her film, Broadway and TV career roles. She has won 13 ACM Awards - 7 for Female Vocalist of the Year. She was also the recipient of the Career Achievement Award, the 40th Anniversary Milestone Award and the Home Depot Humanitarian Award, and one Entertainer of the Year trophy.
Here's a bit of a recap on what went down over the weekend with RED CARPET RADIO!
LOVED talking with David Yurman on Saturday.
He is the official designer of this year's ACM MILESTONE AWARD
trophies which include his signature black diamonds with mixed metal patterns!
The NASH Cast... being... well, US.
Day 4 #OOTD - #wearinghampden skirt by ALC and @blush_boutiques crop top with @zara shoes! I got LOTS of compliments on this outfit. It's totally doable to rock multiple patterns of the same color. Glad I was willing to try this fashion look!
I love hanging out in the #FANZONE during the Red Carpet arrivals! FANS are everything to Country artists. There is SO much energy and excitement being with the people who support these musicians day in and day out. I feel like I get a sneak peek into their lives by hearing their stories and experiencing the autograph requests, selfies, and sheer pandemonium on the sidelines of #redcarpetradio!
Always love running into my fellow cast members @blairgarner @terriclarkmusic & @chuckwicksmusic at these VIP events. It is rather impressive... we all clean up nicely after 4am radio show time!
THE couple of the night... Mr. Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood. Fun moment of the night - right after Garth looked at my phone for a photo, he just kind of pointed in a circle to his face and then pointed at me and said, "BEAUTIFUL!" HA! He's seen me without much of a face during early morning interviews, so the @perfectface and lashes were probably a bit of a shock and awe factor!
SO glad I can be my own glam squad for these events!
Remember ladies... "It's not HOW MUCH make-up you use... it's using the RIGHT make-up in the RIGHT places!"
After an artist receives an award they are escorted off the stage to media rooms to do interviews about receiving their award. We literally get their FIRST reaction to the BIG WIN! Elaina Smith from #nashnightslive and I sat down with Lee Brice, Brooks & Dunn, Cole Swindell, Brett Eldredge, and REBA to talk about the surreal moments of the night!
Can't wait to bring you more behind the scenes experiences from the BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS... they're right around the corner!