OFFSTAGE: Hunter Hayes Aces MTV’s Grammy Quiz

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LeAnn Rimes , Carrie Underwood and Lady Gaga. Those were all of Hunter Hayes ‘ answers to MTV’s Grammy Awards best new artist multiple choice quiz, and they were all right. It makes sense that Hayes would know the category well since he’s in it this year along with Frank Ocean, Fun., the Lumineers and Alabama Shakes . “They can pick from anybody,” Hayes says in the MTV interview , “and somehow I ended up in there.” But like any good sport, Hayes talks about how much he loves the music his fellow nominees are making. “They are all shaping sounds. They aren’t just making good records or putting on really good shows or writing really good songs,” he said. “It’s that and … again, I just feel so grateful being a part of this category because these are people that are making new sounds. I hope someday somebody can look back and say the same about me.”

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