Music took center stage Thursday night in Jackson. Artists from all genres lined the carpet with photographers ready to capture their images.
"All of you are family and friends and it was just a beautiful affair," said Grammy Winner Mavis Stapples.
Stapples of the family band The Staples Singers is just one of the Grammy Award winnings artists who performed for the packed gala. Also present was Grammy winning song writer Paul Overstreet who hails from Newton.
"Mississippi has so many great entertainers and you don't really realize it until you come to one of these events and you oh yea I knew that." said Overstreet.
It is no secret that Mississippi has produced many music legends, but until now the effort to promote this legacy hasn't been as organized. Governor Haley Barbour says this is just the beginning.
"In Mississippi we have more Grammy nominees and winners than any other state per capita. so I'll be long gone before we run out," said Barbour.
Meridian company Peavey Electronics was one of the main event sponsors. C.E.O Hartley Peavey says this effort is making a difference in the state.
"It's a wonderful opportunity not only for Mississippi, but for the world to understand what we have to offer," said Peavey.
Pop singer Brandy says this is an event she is proud to be associated with this year.
"How ever many times it is done here I want to be a part because I love music," said Brandy.
A ticket to the gala cost a thousand dollars a seat with proceeds benefiting the Mississippi Blues Trail project.