Walker Hayes has taken the entertainment world by storm with “Fancy Like,” a catchy song that pays homage to a low-maintenance lifestyle. Now the Alabama native has scored another first, winning a nomination for an American Music Award.
Hayes is shortlisted for Favorite Country Song for “Fancy Like”, competing against Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Luke Combs and Chris Young & Kane Brown.
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Despite his newcomer status, Hayes has a real chance of winning an AMA this year. Fan votes determine the winners, and Hayes – a Nashville resident from Mobile – has already proven his popularity.
“Fancy Like” reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts for digital country song sales in June and topped the Hot Country Songs chart in July. The song went viral on TikTok, was featured in an Applebee commercial, and sparked a remixed version that paired Hayes with Kesha.
Hayes made late-night television appearances, performed “Fancy Like” on the CMT Artists of the Year special, and earned platinum certification for the Recording Industry Association of America single.
Hayes, 41, started singing as a child at Spring Hill Baptist Church in Mobile and met his future wife, Laney Beville, at St. Paul’s Episcopal School, where they both attended the musical “Little Shop of Horrors”.
After studying music at Birmingham-Southern College, Hayes moved to Nashville in 2005 to write songs for a music publishing house. He has two albums to his credit and five EPs. The latest, “Country Stuff” from 2021, has six tracks including “Fancy Like”. Hayes released a new single, “U Gurl” on October 15th.
How did Hayes make the cut for the AMAs?
âNominees are based on key fan interactions – as evidenced by Billboard charts – including streaming, album sales, song sales and radio broadcasting,â the American Music Awards website states. . “These metrics are tracked by Billboard and its data partner MRC Data, and cover the period September 25, 2020 through September 23, 2021. The winners of the American Music Awards are fully voted on by fans.”
Voting began Thursday and continues through November 16 on TikTok or through the Billboard website. (Read the full rules for voting here.) The winners will be announced on November 21 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The awards show will air on ABC starting at 7 p.m. CT.
Two other Alabama-related artists, Florida Georgia Line and Zac Brown Band, are competing for an American Music Award in the Favorite Country Duo or Group category. The Zac Brown Band features drummer Chris Fryar, a Birmingham native who lives in Mount Olive.
Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, GA) and Brian Kelley (from Ormond Beach, Florida) are the directors of Florida Georgia Line. Hubbard’s parents, the late Roy Wayne Hubbard and Amy Eady Hubbard, are from Bibb County. Hubbard has other relatives in Tuscaloosa and Centerville.
Check out the full list of 2021 AMA nominees here. Pop star Olivia Rodrigo leads the pack with seven nominations, including Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year.