OFFSTAGE: Hunter Hayes’ Grammy Playlist Mixes Eras and Genres

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Hunter Hayes is one of the most-nominated artists at this year’s Grammy Awards. He’s up for three — best new artist (in all genres), best country solo performance and best country album. While he’s immersed in his own kind of Grammy love, Hayes took the time to put together a playlist of 10 winning songs . It’s a list that has a lot of country, obviously, but also some R&B, rock and pop. And some tunes are from as far back as 1974 — way before Hayes was even born — right up to more current stuff from 2010.

“Living for the City,” Stevie Wonder
“That’s the Way Love Goes,” Merle Haggard
“Ain’t That Lonely Yet,” Dwight Yoakam
“Go Rest High on That Mountain,” Vince Gill
“In My Place,” Coldplay
“Letter to Me,” Brad Paisley
“Gravity,” John Mayer
“Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars
“Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
“Mean,” Taylor Swift

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.