Usually it’s the label that presents a plaque to an artist, but CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Hunter Hayes has demonstrated that it goes both ways. On Sunday (9/23), the hot young artist surprised his Warner Music Nashville staff with a plaque celebrating his first No. 1 song “Wanted” during his performance at Bridgestone Arena. “Wanted” is also Hayes’ first Platinum certification in sales, and is top 10 all genre on iTunes. Hayes has sold a combined total of nearly two million digital singles in under a year.
“Being surprised by Hunter on Sunday evening was such an honor, and indicates the humility Hunter has retained on his path to becoming a superstar,” said Peter Strickland, Sr. VP of Brand Management and Sales (WMN). “Warner Music Nashville and Atlantic Records are proud to have such a wonderful team such as Hunter’s as a member of our musical family.”
Hayes released his self-titled debut in fall 2011, and entered the history books as the only country artist to play every instrument, write or co-write every song, and co-produce on a debut album. He is currently supporting Carrie Underwood on the Blown Away Tour.