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Warner Music Nashville artists and friends celebrated after an exciting Academy of Country Music Awards show that included two world premieres from Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes as well as stellar performances from Sheryl Crow, Jana Kramer and Ashley Monroe.

Hunter Hayes took the stage at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards with a powerful debut performance of his new single, “I Want Crazy,” and a high energy duet of “Sir Duke” with music legend Stevie Wonder that thrilled the audience. “I Want Crazy” is included on his forthcoming Deluxe CD titled Hunter Hayes (Encore) due out June 18th and available for iTunes pre-order here. Encore also features eight new and re-recorded tracks with artists such as Warner Bros. Records’ Ashley Monroe and 5x platinum selling artist Jason Mraz.

Hunter Hayes released the cover art for his upcoming single "I Want Crazy" this morning in a fan first exclusive on www.HunterHayes.com. Fans can tune-in for the world premiere of the new song on the ACM Awards this Sunday, April 7th at 8pm ET/PT on CBS.

For more on Hunter Hayes, visit www.HunterHayes.com.

NASHVILLE, TN - (April 1, 2013) – Hunter Hayes is set to world premiere his brand new single "I Want Crazy" at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 7 at 8pmET/PT on CBS. The song is his next single from his forthcoming Deluxe CD titled Hunter Hayes (Encore) due out June 18th. His current single, "Somebody's Heartbreak" holds the top spot this week marking his second No. 1 single off his debut release.

Hunter recently sat down to talk music and performing with SweetBeatTV after an exciting appearance on The Tonight Show.

Hunter talks about what it's like performing for 45,000 people, and explains the most rewarding part of playing his songs live. Check out the video above or click HERE to watch it on the Sweety High Website.

Mashable recently chatted with Hunter about his effective use of technology in his career. In the interview, Hunter discusses live tweeting The Grammys, the Hunter Hayes Road Race, and his unique electric piano.

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Nominees for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced online this morning through the second-annual Digital Press Conference. Congrats to Warner Music Nashville artists on their ACM nominations! Hunter Hayes received six nominations, the second most nominated artist this year, including nominations for New Male Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year for “Wanted.” He is also twice nominated in the Song of the Year category as the artist and composer, as well as in the Single Record of the Year category as the artist and producer for “Wanted.”

Hunter Hayes talks about his surprise and excitement when hearing his name for Best New Artist Nomination for the 55 GRAMMYs.

The Academy of Country Music and Great American Country (GAC) announced today the newcomer categories for New Artist of the Year Award, nominating Hunter Hayes as New Male Vocalist of the Year and Jana Kramer as New Female Vocalist of the Year!

Hunter Hayes has asked fans to be a part of his upcoming video for "Light Me Up" by submitting a short clip of what inspires them. Fans can visit http://www.hunterhayes.com/lightmeup for more info on how to upload their video.

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