Hunter Hayes received some great news from Billboard recently – he’s the youngest male country artist to be simultaneously nominated in all the categories he’s up for in the 55th annual Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Best Country Solo Performance for “Wanted” and Best Country Album for his self-titled debut album. He revealed to Billboard how he’ll be preparing for the GRAMMYs, which air live on CBS this Sunday at 8p|7c.
“That day is going to be jam packed – I’ll be doing a ton of interviews, and getting ready – so I’m going to take thirty minutes to an hour to just chill out,” he said. “I’ll need a couple minutes to process what’s going on; If I don’t, it will all come as a surprise, and I want to live in the moment. It’s my first time, so I want to experience it as it’s happening.”
Fans can catch Hunter presenting during the GRAMMYs but if they want to get the scoop straight from Hunter himself, they should follow him on Twitter before Sunday night’s show. “I love tweeting during these kinds of events – it’s the most dependable connection: it gets everybody who’s had your back in there with you,” he said. “I consider my fans my friends, and a tweet is the best way to bring them into that scenario.”
Hunter plans to wear a suit – but with Converse Chuck Taylors – and is worried he’ll forget to thank his mom should he win an award. Besides being a nominee, he’s also a fan and hopes to run into at least a couple of his fellow artists backstage.
“I definitely want to hang with The Lumineers and Fun.,” he said. “I respect them for the music they make, and what they stand for. Being nominated alongside them is huge for me: I’m in a category with people who are shaping and inventing new sounds, and I want sit down, chat with them, and see how they think.”
But the very first thing Hunter plans to do when he wakes up on GRAMMY day? “Find the nearest Starbucks,” he says. Read Hunter’s full GRAMMY Ritual interview here.