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Men We Heart: Hunter Hayes

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    Hunter Hayes will help us kick off the 1st annual iHeartRadio Country Festival this year in Austin.

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    Hunter Hayes' career has sky-rocketed over the past year. Here are the reasons we heart this country cutie!

    He performed at the 2013 CMT Music Awards.

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    He also performed at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas!

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    Hunter has been nominated for multiple Grammy awards.

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    He's got style!

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    He started performing in restaurants ... and now he's here!

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    He can play multiple instruments - and he taught himself everything!

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    He's already shared the stage with some of the biggest stars in country music.

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    Hunter Hayes attended the 2013 MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala honoring Bruce Springsteen.

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    He was honored at this year's CMT Artists Of The Year ceremony, where rock icon Peter Frampton presented him with the award!

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    Hunter teamed up with Victoria Justice to cover "Almost Paradise" for the Footloose soundtrack.

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    He won a CMT Music Award this year!

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    He was honored at this year's BMI Country Awards. Here he is with the handsome Sam Palladio and Charles Esten of the show "Nashville!"

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    He performed on NBC's "Today."

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    He made appearances on "Maury", "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," Nickeloden's "Figure It Out," and "America's Most Talented Kids."

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    Hunter released five independent albums before his self titled studio album was released in 2011.

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    Hunter played all of the 32 instruments on his album.

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    Recorded his first album at the age of four, which was released just after his fifth birthday.

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    Released a premium edition of his self titled album which is named "Encore." The album features five new songs and special editions of several other songs from his original album.

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    He has opened up for artists Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and Carrie Underwood.

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    Collaborated with country singer Ashley Monroe. She is featured on a deluxe version of Hunter's song "What You Gonna Do." Hunter also worked with Jason Mraz on "Encore." Mraz is featured on the deluxe edition of Hunter's song "Everybody's Got Somebody But Me."

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    Hunter co-wrote the song "Play" for Rascal Flatts. He opened up for the band during their 2012 tour.

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    Hunter Hayes was named "New Artist of the Year" at the 46th annual CMA Awards in 2012.

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    When performing live on stage, Hunter switches back and forth between playing the guitar, drums, and keyboard.

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    Hunter Hayes' current single is "I Want Crazy" off the "Encore" edition of his album

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    Hunter Hayes got to meet and work with one of his idols, Stevie Wonder!

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    Hunter loves meeting his fans and tries his hardest to meet every single one of them.

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    Hunter's had two #1 singles: "Wanted" and "Somebody's Heartbreak."

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    He performed his single "I Want Crazy" on "The Voice" finale in 2013

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    Hunter Hayes rocks the crowd in October 2012.

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    Hunter was named a sponsor of Martin Guitars in 2012.

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    Hunter's tour set features lyrics from several of his songs, written on the background, speakers, and instruments.

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    Previously volunteered with "Musicians on Call." "Musicians on call brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities." (information via MusiciansOnCall.org)

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    Hunter performed on the soundtrack for the remake of the movie "Footloose."

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    Hunter Hayes began playing the accordion at the age of two when he was given a toy accordion by his grandmother.

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    This photo was taken in 2012 when Hunter performed on "The Today Show."

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    Hunter collaborated with Nickeloden star Victoria Justice on the 2011 "Footloose" soundtrack. They remade the 1980's song "Almost Paradise."

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    Hunter Hayes was nominated for three Grammy awards in 2013. He was the youngest male country artists to ever be nominated in each category.

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