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
Hotels.com® have put together a list of destinations inspired by your
favourite award-winning musical acts to turn your lyrical dreams into
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!
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
Category: Best TraditionalR&B Performance
Hometown: Sasha Fierce is from the land where everything is bigger and better,
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.
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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