The big day has finally arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could barely sleep last night I was so excited!!!
The day was hectic from start to finish. All the ladies (including moms and sisters as well as us ‘Wish’ girls) met down in the lobby by 8:45 to leave for our hair and make up appointments. It was a fun experience and a great way for all of us to drink coffee and chit chat.
Rushed back to the hotel to change into our gowns and get all glammed up!!! Everyone looked spectacular! And – OMG –we had limos to take us over to the show. The other families rode in a huge stretch white limo, but I had my own wheelchair accessible limo (which I’ve never seen before!). It was gorgeous inside, including all the fancy lighting and a bar!
Then the REAL fun began!!! We arrived at the special Grammy Red Carpet entrance (along with a long line of other limos). Sure enough – just like on TV there were tons of paparazzi outside. We got out of the limo’s and stepped onto the red carpet!!! Made our way into a long white tent when I realized that the media OUTSIDE is only a small portion of the total. We ‘normal people’ walked down the left side of the long hallway – but to the right was booth after booth of the top media doing interviews with famous singers. How great!!! Just to name a few – we saw People, ET, CNN and MTV.
We continued down the hall to the ‘bleacher’ area – which was at the end of the red carpet so the stars had to make a turn to go any further. Make-A-Wish had arranged for us to be in the front row!!!!! OMG – we had prime viewing of ALL the stars coming down the red carpet. We had arrived early enough so that we knew we would catch all the major stars (who come toward the end).
We were all in awe of everything that was going on. Even though we were in a ‘tent’ – it was beautifully decorated. It was lined with gorgeous chandeliers and of course the Grammy back drop where the stars get photographed. Let the ‘star spotting’ begin!!!! The other girls and I had such a great time watching stars go by – while we commented on their hair, shoes, dresses….It was SOOOOO cool being so close to people we had only seen on TV or listened to on the radio.
As the stars started to come down, the people from Make-A-Wish held up signs and called to the stars to come on over to us. And LOTS of them DID!!!!!! You aren’t going to believe this….but I have now met some of my FAVORITE artists. Let me name them for you……you may have heard of them too!
I actually MET Katy Perry, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, PINK, Kelly Osbourne, Paris Hilton, Alisha Keys, Keith Urban, Guilanna Rancik, Neil Patrick Harris, Steven Tyler, Robin Thicke, Mackelmore, LL Cool J., Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Anna Faris, Kathy Griffin, Kevin Hart, and our new friends – Imagine Dragons. And, best of all – I met Hunter Hayes who actually asked me to take a picture with them!!! I’m embarrassed to admit that I cried after meeting Hunter Hayes – I was just SOOOO happy!!
Some starts didn’t stop – but waved to us when they went by – like Taylor Swift, Anna Kendrick, Marc Anthony, Madonna, Ringo, Chicago and Ozzy Osbourne.
WAIT till you see the pictures!!!! This experience was a dream come true!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The red carpet finally ended (NOOOOOOO!!!! I want to stay here forever!) and we went into the show itself. What can I say? It was amazing. 20 performances! I loved every minute of it. Plus, it was fun seeing what happened during commercial breaks. They did a lot of quick changes to go from one set to another. It was fascinating to watch.
Make-A-Wish EVEN arranged for us to go to a Grammy after party!!! It was in this glamorous room and the theme was “Roaring 20’s”. We not only had a delicious dinner – but there was entertainment there too. We saw Ciara perform as well as Boys II men.
I’d love to say even more, but it’s time to board our train for our ride home!! So, to sum it up quickly – the night was absolutely magical and it could NOT have been any better. How can I ever thank Make-A-Wish for this experience???? I will treasure these memories forever. They truly made my wish come true. :) <3
BEST NIGHT EVER!!!!!!!!