Wednesday, November 16, 2005

How I Got to Shake Keith Urban's Hand the Night He Won the CMA's Entertainer of the Year Award

I'm in New York City on a client project and was having one of those not-so-great days that was just too filled with minute-to-minute deliverables and demands. I was tired. But on my return from the Kinkos at 54th and Lex at about 11:45 at night I had a fun turn. Right next to my hotel there was a huge Capitol Records party going on at Nikki's to celebrate the Country Music Awards that were held that night in NYC. So, I pulled out the D70 and started shooting. Here's a picture of Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year winner Keith Urban. After the pro photogs (I was in there too) finished shooting, Keith came over and shook my hand. Cool to make a connection with someone who's on top of the world.

Dierks Bentley was there. He won the Horizon Award as the best newcomer. He said he was looking forward to getting back on the road. Really cool part was how concerned that his mom and dad could get into the VIP suite.

Keith Urban's fellow Aussie, Jamie O'Neal, looked spectacular.

There was a big buzz when guitar pioneer Les Paul arrived on a big Gibson tour bus.

I'm sorry I didn't get this artist's name. What can I say but, "Wow." I'll find out. UPDATE: Okay, it's Sherrie Austin.

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