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Meadowbrook brings its biggest fan to ACM Awards

Eric Grant of Gilford stands with his official 2010 “Fan of the Year” plaque, on behalf of Meadowbrook, who has awarded him with a trip to Las Vegas and tickets to the ACM’s this year, where the venue is nominated for Best Music Venue of the Year. Courtesy photo. (click for larger version)
April 07, 2010
Eric Grant of Gilford has officially snagged the title of Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion's "Fan of the Year" and received round-trip tickets to Las Vegas, accommodations at the MGM Grand, and an invitation to the Academy of Country Music Awards.

For the third time in four years, Meadowbrook has been nominated for "Music Venue of the Year" at the Academy of Country Music Awards show. This year, they decided to take along their biggest fan as a gesture of gratitude for their fan support. They held a video contest and allowed Meadowbrook subscribers to vote for their favorite.

Grant won his title with more than 50 percent of the overall votes, proving he has a few fans of his own.

Grant has been a resident of Gilford for over 30 years and said he has regularly attended Meadowbrook concerts over the years. As Meadowbrook began to add more country music to their concert series, Grant fell in love with "new country."

Inspired by the latest country music and nearby music venue, Grant started his own country band, the Eric Grant Band, and was invited by Meadowbrook to perform on second stage for country artists such as Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw.

"I got an itch (for the venue). I am a huge fan and supporter. I love new country, and Meadowbrook is probably the best place to go to a new country concert," said Grant. "These are real people and real circumstances. It sounds great outside."

Grant said he was ecstatic to have the chance to perform and attend concerts at Meadowbrook, although when he saw the Fan of the Year contest, he was a little hesitant at first but decided to take a chance. Grant said the opportunity for him to attend the ACM Awards, among all the established artists he admires, sounded like the chance of a lifetime.

Grant said his enthusiasm for new country music at Meadowbrook and the video he submitted helped him win the contest. He wrote his own original song, put together a jingle, and made the video "fun and funny."

Grant got a surprise visit at his house last Friday morning by Meadowbrook employees and local news media covering the event, but he said he wasn't too startled by the intrusion – he's been tracking his votes on the Meadowbrook Web site, and was just waiting for an official announcement. Still, he said, he was more than happy when he received it.

Grant's video submission can be viewed on www.meadowbrook.net, and his band Web site is www.ericgrantband.com.

Garnett Hill
Martin Lord Osman
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