On Thursday, all of country music’s stars, and Niall Horan, descended on Nashville (or, at least, those who weren’t there already; it’s hard to find a resident of the Tennesseean capital who isn’t a country musician, or an aspiring one) for the Country Music Association’s annual awards ceremony. Just the night before, a subsection of these musicians, like country megastar Faith Hill, gathered for the BMI Country Awards. (Also in attendance at the CMA Awards: model Karlie Kloss, because why not, and Nicole Kidman, because Keith Urban.) But even when there isn’t a star-studded awards show to see and be seen at, Nashville is, or has been, home to many of contemporary music’s most influential indie musicians, like Julien Baker, Sharon Van Etten, and Torres, aka Mackenzie Scott. Taylor Swift, of course, installed herself in Nashville during the country phase of her career. Karen Elson, the model-turned-folk singer, moved there with former husband Jack White more than a decade ago. Elsewhere in pop culture, Nashville also provided the backdrop for a spontaneous, and perhaps ill-advised, getaway for Aziz Ansari and Noël Wells during the first season of Master of None. Though Master of None’s Ticklers BBQ, and its famous white sauce, might be fictitious(which is probably for the best for those tourists looking to catch their flight), there’s still plenty of southern cuisine to go around—as well as an abundance of art and music. See why Nashville is the south’s It destination, as documented by the residents (and visitors) who do it best.