Treat Yourself This Awards Season With A Music-Inspired Vacation

Live like your favourite award-winning musical act and book a trip using this 
list of superstar hometowns 
TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - After watching the music industry's most 
prestigious award ceremony, you may feel a bit green with envy for the glitz 
and glamour. Or maybe you're just longing to experience your favourite 
artist's talent. While you can't buy that type of vocal talent, you can take a 
vacation that makes you feel like you're "with the band" and allows you to 
explore your passion for music. So what better way to feel close to your 
favourite artist than a trip to their hometown? The travel experts at® have put together a list of destinations inspired by your 
favourite award-winning musical acts to turn your lyrical dreams into 
pitch-perfect reality. 
Winner: Gotye
Category: Record of the Year
Hometown: Wouter "Wally" De Backer, more prominently known as Gotye, was 
raised in Melbourne, Australia.
What to do? Kangaroos, wombats and koala bears, oh my! At the Melbourne Zoo, 
travellers can be wowed by up-close and personal encounters with these 
adorable native creatures. If animals don't tickle your fancy, grab a board 
and catch a wave in Melborne's east coast and try surfing!
Where to stay? Great Southern Hotel Melbourne is located in the heart of 
Melbourne and a stone's throw from popular attractions like Melbourne Aquarium 
and the Crown Casino. 
Winner: Mumford and Sons 
Category: Album of the Year 
Hometown: While the band's members may be from all over, this alt-rock 
sensation got their start in London, England.
What to do? While the summer games are long over, London remains a hot 
destination. A place of contrasts and diversity, the combination of history 
and creativity will captivate any traveller looking to explore the authentic 
side of London.
Where to stay? The Grand Plaza Serviced Apartments lets travellers feel like 
locals living in the big city. With access to your own personal apartment you 
can bring the comfort of home to England! 
Winner: Drake
Category: Best Rap Album
Hometown: A Canadian boy! Born and raised in Canada's version of NYC, Toronto, 
What to do? Depending on when you visit, there is a little something for 
everyone. Check out a sports game in the fall, visit Skywalk at the CN Tower 
in the summer, or check out one of the many ethnic neighbourhoods in the city.
Where to stay? The Drake Hotel of course! While unassociated with the artist, 
it's only fitting... 
Winner: Calvin Harris
Category: Best Short Form Music Video
Hometown: Calvin Harris, not Hobbs, is from Dumfries, Scotland.
What to do? Live like a king and escape into a world you only dreamed about 
with a visit to Auchen Castle or one of the other enchanting castles in the 
Where to stay? As a family-owned business, The Cairndale Hotel offers you the 
charm, character and that personal touch so you can have an authentic Scottish 
Winner: Beyonce 
Category: Best TraditionalR&B Performance
Hometown: Sasha Fierce is from the land where everything is bigger and better, 
Houston, Texas.
What to do? Shop 'til you drop! Like any good diva, a trip to the Galleria is 
a must for some retail therapy.
Where to stay? Since you're shopping, you might as well make your stay easy 
and check into the Westin Oaks Houston. Located in the Galleria, heavy bags 
will be the least of your worries. 
Nominee: Swedish House Mafia
Category: Best Dance Recording
Hometown: While the name gives it away, Lund and Stockholmare the locations 
where this mafia came to be.
What to do? If you're going to live like a Swede, you need to acquire some sea 
legs and embrace live music. With bands playing every night of the week, it's 
no wonder Swedish House Mafia wanted to get into the entertainment biz.
Where to stay? Maybe it's the discreet entrance or the majestic chandeliers 
and mirrors. Or maybe it's the lobby hosting a living art gallery of local and 
international artists. Either way, for under $200 a night, you can live like a 
true celebrity at Stockholm's best kept secret, Berns Hotel. 
Nominee: Rihanna
Category: Best Pop Solo
Hometown: Does St. Michael, Barbados ring any bells?
What to do? Take a cue from Rihanna, who is often spotted on the beaches in 
her hometown. You can tan, go for a swim or sip on some refreshing rum 
cocktails. With options like this, it's hard to not love life in this sunny 
Where to stay? Prepare to be pampered at the Hilton Barbados Resort which is 
the perfect place to rest your feet after a day exploring St. Michael. 
Nominee: Dierks Bentley
Category: Best Country Solo Performance
Hometown: This country-star came to us from Tempe, Arizona.
What to do? Named after the Vale of Tempe in ancient Greece, Tempe's natural 
landscape is one to marvel at. Find out where Dierks grew up and see for 
yourself why Tempe has been compared to the foot of Mount Olympus.
Where to stay? Located in the heart of the city, Tempe Mission Palms has palm 
trees at every corner and easy access to your entertainment. 
When awards season rolls around next year, you will take satisfaction in 
knowing you've got the inside scoop on your favourite artists - they're not 
that different from us after all! So, no matter where you are, grab your 
mobile and plan your trip now! All prices in Canadian dollars. 
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