Round Two of the Josie Music Awards in Nashville

My third trip to Nashville for the 9th Annual Josie Music Awards was a fabulous one. From seeing friends to attending the awards at the Grand Ole Opry House, I made memories that’ll last a lifetime.

Back to Broadway

On October 21, I flew to Nashville with my parents super early. Here’s me on the plane, running on around three hours of sleep.

Demi smiling on the plane to Nashville

Since my parents and I had all day to spend in Music City, we obviously went to Broadway. Nothing screams, I’m in Nashville, louder than standing on a boot.

Demi standing on the boot on Broadway

Also, my parents and I met up with friends from back home. My longest childhood friend, Kaitlyn, and her family were in the city at the same time as us, which was totally wild. So, we decided to have lunch at Margaritaville.

Demi and Kaitlyn in Margaritaville

I had a ton of fun on Saturday. Being back in Music City filled me with pure joy, and I couldn’t wait for the awards the next day.

Hair and Makeup on Awards Day

The Josie Music Awards were held on October 22, and I started the day by getting my hair and makeup done. This is one of my favorite parts of attending music awards, since the excitement and anticipation really start to kick in.

This time, I went to Ulta Beauty. My hair stylist and makeup artist, Jaclyn, did a fabulous job. I can’t thank her enough for helping me get ready for the awards.

Photos at the Hotel

When I attend music awards, I always like to take some pictures at the hotel before going to the venue.

Demi’s standing by the fireplace in the hotel, wearing her sparkly blue JMAs gown

Here’s another one.

Demi in the hotel, wearing her sparkly blue JMAs gown

Then, it was time to head to the Grand Ole Opry House.

The 9th Annual Josie Music Awards

I can’t express how amazing it felt to be back at the Grand Ole Opry House. I visited this iconic venue for the first time in 2021 when I did the backstage tour. The Grand Ole Opry House holds a special place in my heart because during the tour, I got the opportunity to take a picture in the famous circle, then a year later, I returned to the venue for the JMAs as a first-time nominee. It was magical being back for the second year in a row for this year’s awards.

Here’s a little video I made when I arrived at the Grand Ole Opry House.

Also, shoutout to the best parents for attending the awards with me.

Demi and her parents outside at the Opry

Of course, I couldn’t wait to take a picture on the red carpet. I felt like an ocean princess.

Demi on the red carpet at the JMAs, wearing her sparkly blue gown

The night unfolded into a wonderful experience. Even though I didn’t win an award, I still feel so honored to have received three nominations this year, which was one more than last year. I wrote a blog post about my nominations, and you can read it here if you’d like.

The Grand Ole Opry House is such a sacred space, especially for country music. Being a multi-genre artist and having a love for country music, it’s always special being inside this venue. While at the awards, I reflected on how far I’ve come on my songwriting journey in such a short period of time. I believe this is still only the beginning.

Demi standing by the JMAs backdrop in the Opry, wearing her sparkly blue gown

I put together a video with all my pictures from the trip and a couple clips from the JMAs. I hope you enjoy watching it.

Thank you so much to the JMAs for recognizing me this year with three nominations and for organizing such a memorable event. As an independent artist, I’m so grateful for the chance to experience music awards, something I thought was only for mainstream artists when I started chasing my dreams. I’m very excited about all the new music I’m working on at the moment, so the JMAs gave me a fresh wave of motivation to keep creating authentic music from my heart. Who knows, maybe I’ll receive nominations next year, too. For now, though, I’m embracing the memories from my third trip to Music City.