Sitting at the gate at LAX in Los Angeles on her way home, Halifax high school student Cynthia Ghosn is thinking back on her once-in-a-life-time experience at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
“It kind of feels like it was all like a dream, but yeah it was definitely worth the wish,” she told Global News Tuesday.
Ghosn and her brother and sister got to walk the red carpet, see the biggest musical stars up close and take in the entire awards ceremony — her Children’s Wish granted.
Ghosn was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma three years ago. She had her Grammys wish granted by the Children’s Wish Foundation earlier this year.
She and her family travelled to Los Angeles on Feb. 12, spending a few days seeing the sights before the big day. They visited the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Santa Monica Pier and got to see part of the Grammys rehearsals.
Then on Monday, they turned up the glam, got into a special car and headed to the Staples Centre, a favourite moment for Ghosn.
“You drive up and see the sign, ‘Welcome to the Grammys’ and it’s just magical,” she said.
“Once we started driving there it was like, only certain cars are allowed, it was insane … you see it on TV but you don’t get to experience it.”
Walking the red carpet, Ghosn said she saw several stars and even got to have small talk with country music icon Carrie Underwood.
Another highlight — seeing friends and artists Taylor Swift and Selina Gomez arriving to the back of the red carpet on what looked like a small golf cart.
Ghosn said seeing all of the artists in one place, celebrating music and performing was part of the reason she chose attending the Grammys as her wish.
“Honestly … I don’t know how to describe, it’s just amazing how they all come together to just celebrate music,” she said, adding that she’s a big music lover.
“We’re just all in the same room, it was magical.”
She added that Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie was one of her favourite parts of the awards show itself, along with Kendrick Lamar’s performance.
Finally, Ghosn got to attend the Grammys after-party, which she said featured jazz and candy-themed rooms, more live performances and a McDonald’s truck with french fries.
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