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10 things Hunter Hayes achieved in 2013

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Hunter Hayes is on a roll these days. He has garnered admiration from his peers and has built a loyal legion of fans known as Hayniacs. While 2012 was a breakthrough year for the young superstar, 2013 proved to be an even bigger one for the Louisiana native.

Check out these ten accomplishments from Hunter Hayes in 2013.

  1. Hunter landed three nominations for the 2013 Grammy's including a nod for Best New Artist. Although he didn't take home any trophies, Hunter did perform his smash single, "Wanted" on the telecast.
  2. "Somebody's Heartbreak" the third single from his debut record on Warner Brothers reached the top of the Billboard charts this year.
  3. A much-desired opening slot on Carrie Underwood's "Blow Away" tour allowed Hunter to share his music with audiences worldwide.
  4. A performance on an awards show is an honor alone, but Hunter managed to perform three times during the Academy of Country Music's award show. He debuted his single "I Want Crazy" and then brought out Stevie Wonder during his set. Hunter Hayes played guitar during Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley's performance of "Out Standing In Our Field." The final number of the show included Hunter Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Blake Shelton, and Luke Bryan.
  5. Hunter Hayes beat out heavy-hitters such Florida Georgia Line, Kip Moore, and Lee Brice to claim the award for "Nationwide Insurance On Your Side" award during June's CMT Music Awards.
  6. Hunter's album "Encore" debuted at number one on the Billboard Country Album chart in June. The album features a duet with Jason Mraz, which is currently climbing the charts.
  7. "I Want Crazy" became Hunter's third number one single when it topped the charts earlier this year.
  8. Hunter Hayes recorded "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" for an Elton John tribute album to rave reviews by Elton himself.
  9. Sell-outs in venues across the country prompted Hunter's fall CMT tour to be one of the hottest shows of the year.
  10. Hunter concluded 2013 as being named one of CMT's Artists of the Year. Music icon Peter Frampton presented Hunter with the prestigious honor.
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