Hunter Hayes’ Dreams Come True At Artists Of The Year

'This kind of thing is something you dream about,' Hayes said of being one of the night's honorees.

Happiness is something best shared. That’s a lesson Hunter Hayes, 22, has learned well in his short time in the country music spotlight. The “I Want Crazy” singer was grinning ear-to-ear on Tuesday night in Nashville when he was one of the honorees at the fourth annual CMT Artists of the Year celebration.

“This kind of thing is something you dream about,” Hayes said of the award, which was presented to him by rock icon Peter Frampton. “I don’t just make music, but I live it, I breathe it. It’s all I do. It’s all I know. It’s all I’ll ever know and all I want to know.”

The Louisiana native was just one of the night’s spotlight artists, taking the stage alongside Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw and breakout “Cruise” duo Florida Georgia Line.

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