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Hunter Hayes Breaks Records and Prepares for The Grammys

Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Grammy nominated Hunter Hayes recently talked to Billboard and got some exciting news! The “Somebody’s Heartbreak” singer became 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 his hit “Wanted”), and Best Country Album (for his 2011 self-titled major-label debut).

The 21 year old from Louisiana was more than pleased to hear the exciting news saying,

“Are you serious? That’s awesome. If I’d made a checklist of all the things I’d want to do in my life, I would’ve checked off half the things in the last two years alone!”

Billboard also asked the singer about how he is planning on preparing for such a big night in music. He talked about everything from finding a Starbucks first thing on Grammy morning, how he was going to tweet during the show, and about how he is flying solo at the award show. Here are a few other things Billboard talked to Hunter about,

Do you have a ritual planned to get ready for the ceremony?
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. 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.

Do you have a good-luck charm?
Six or seven years ago, a friend gave me a cross necklace with a message about the love of music on it. It started a trend: now I always wear a cross to remind me where I come from.

Who do you hope to meet backstage?
I definitely want to hang with The Lumineers and fun. – 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.

Do you have a must-do when you’re in L.A. for the Grammys?
We’re going in early to run around and check out all the music stores and guitar shops; my guitarist, Devon Malone, knows all the good places. This year I really got into buying vintage gear, so that’s my favorite thing to do.

To see what else Hunter told Billboard about his upcoming big night click HERE
Don’t forget to watch the Grammy’s this coming Sunday, February 10th on CBS!

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