Jon Pardi had a CMA Awards to remember even though he wasn’t nominated for an award. Not only did he ‘accidentally’ crash the Red Carpet, he got to spend the night cruising around Nashville in a red Bentley, which left him speechless.
“We were just dumbfounded,” he said. “We were walking around the car, looking inside of it, and we were like, ‘Are you sure this is ours all night? This is ours all night, so I can put my stuff in here?’ And he was like, ‘Yes, it’s yours all night.’ So, it was my ride home, it was everything.”
Jon wasn’t nominated and wasn’t scheduled as a presenter so he wasn’t credentialed to walk the red carpet. He ended up walking it anyway thanks to his driver for the night and a security detail, who happened to be a fan after seeing him perform at the Capitol Street Party.
“[Our driver] pulls into the red carpet entrance where all the vehicles are going, and of course, this kid comes up to us and starts flipping through his pages after the driver said my name,” Jon said. “After [the kid] gets done looking through the pages, he goes, ‘Naw, he’s not on the list, but I saw him at the [Capitol] Street Party, and he was awesome. You guys are totally cool. Come back here.’ That was the coolest part because the Street Party got us on the red carpet.”
Once security let him pass, it was a bit of a surreal experience for Jon. “We pull up, and the Marines open the door and we got out, and maybe 5 or 7 girls said my name, and they asked for my autograph,” he said. “Then I was like, ‘We gotta go. I’m not supposed to be here.’”
Jon stood on the CMA Red Carpet so photographers could get his picture but skipped the interviews to avoid trouble. He and his road manager tried to slip in via the artist entrance but were turned away since they weren’t ‘on the list.’ They had to go back around to an alternate entrance to gain access to their seats. “Our 10 seconds on the red carpet was extremely over after we got in an elevator going upstairs like, ‘Where do we go now?’,” he said.
Jon’s debut single, “Missin’ You Crazy,” is at radio now.