What do you see when you peer into the night sky? Is it just never-ending blackness, or do you see more? Are those lights in the distance something random, some collection of twinkles strewn across the heavens, or are they something greater than just bright points in the darkness? Maybe when you stare hard enough and long enough, you begin to see patterns; it’s the familiar in an ocean of randomness, it’s possibilities from the cacophony of choices. Sometimes when you gaze above, you find beauty and awe in that expanse. Sometimes, the most luminous stars make an impression that everyone remembers. Here are Nashville’s brightest stars — the readers’ and writers’ choices.

It’s Best of Nashville 2016.