There’s only a few hours left before Hunter Hayes takes the stage at the 2013 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night (June 5). The 21-year-old country star has some big plans for the high-profile gig, set to take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 Central) on CMT.
“It’s great. This is a crazy week for us. This is a big performance. We’re really stoked about this,” Hayes told CMT during a rehearsal for the show. “We’ve been wanting to do this thing for a while, and finally getting the chance to do it is pretty awesome. And to get to play ['I Want] Crazy,’ it’s the perfect song for being outdoors and getting crazy.”
The three-time CMT Music Awards nominee is also feeling the heat to put on one hot performance, joking, “Oh boy! No pressure!”
Once the show wraps up, Hayes has a busy next few months ahead of him. On June 18, he will release his album, Encore, and he is also dreaming up what’s next for his live shows — which is fitting, considering he has a headlining jaunt locked in for later this year.
“The fans are cool enough to come to show after show after show, and basically, we want to change it up; we want to keep it evolving, and it grows,” Hayes said. “The show will naturally change and grow, and so the best thing we can do is allow for it to happen and allow for the energy to fill up. And the shows are getting bigger and more fun, and that’s thanks to you guys.”
Later this year, the “Wanted” singer will headline the 12th annual CMT on Tour , dubbed the Let’s Be Crazy Tour. It all kicks off October 10 in Knoxville, Tennessee, with dates slated through December.
“It’s gonna be a great summer, great fall. We’ve got a massive show planned for the fall. So, it’s gonna be crazy, appropriately,” he added.
The 2013 CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.