Wednesday night's Grammy Nominations concert is more than a star-studded event, it is an audition that could have the potential of bringing the annual Grammy Awards to Nashville.
The televised concert, which is being held at the Bridgestone Arena beginning at 9 p.m., is the result of a long series of conversations between the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Academy of Music about the possibility of bringing the show back to Music City.
"The end goal is to bring the Grammy Awards here," said NCVB President Butch Spyridon. "We've made no secret about it to them. That's how this conversation started, and we'll continue to reach out to them until we're successful."
The Grammy Awards is the music industry's biggest night of the year.
It has been held in either Los Angeles or New York City for the past 53 years. The lone exception was the 15th Grammy Awards in 1973, which were held in Nashville.
Spyridon told Nashville's News 2 that he believes the academy has an interest in bringing the show back to Tennessee.
"Certainly from an awards standpoint they love the location and positioning of the arena and the new convention center," he said, adding, "It is probably as major a step that we can take if we're going to call ourselves Music City. We need to do business with the Grammy's on a large scale."
The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be held February 10 in Los Angeles.