Hunter Hayes Is Ready for Grammys

But He's Not Too Ready

On Sunday night (Feb. 8), Hunter Hayes is kind of taking over the Grammy Awards. And in true Hunter Hayes fashion, he’s preparing — but not over-preparing.

Before the live television broadcast of the awards in Los Angeles, Hayes will be hosting the Grammy premiere ceremony streaming on Grammy.com starting at 12:30 p.m. PT.

“I’m really stoked because I’ve always wanted to host something,” Hayes told me Thursday. “And it’s a pretty big gig. There are about 70 something categories that don’t get handed out during the televised show, so you can stream it before the live show. I’m shaking in my boots with excitement.”

After that, he’ll rush into his seat at the Grammys so he can sit back and enjoy the legendary show. When I asked if he’d be bringing his new girlfriend Libby Barnes, he just said, “You’ll see.”

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But he might not be fully relaxed because of the anticipation that comes with every Grammy nomination. His “Invisible” is nominated for best country solo performance. And there may or may not be some kind of acceptance speech tucked in his pocket.

“I am not a luck kind of guy,” he said. “But I don’t like to set up my expectations, either, that’s for sure. I just like to walk in knowing what I want to say, but at the same time, that’s not a good idea. You have to prepare, but you don’t overly prepare.”

Hayes is also a part of the Whirlpool Every Day, Care campaign which shines a spotlight on the winning music video for “You Are My Sunshine.” The public was invited to sing, hum or play the classic country song and dedicate it to someone who had made an impact through seemingly small acts of care. The winning performance will air Sunday.

Hayes was happy to play a part in the contest because he was blessed to grow up in a house full of that every day care.

“Every night growing up, my mom made dinner. And we’d sit down. We’d talk. We’d vent. We’d catch up. We’d dream. That’s our deal,” he said.

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