Walker Hayes loses his American Music Award nomination, but wins by performing at ceremony


Walker Hayes didn’t grab an American Music Award on Sunday night, but the Alabama country singer still managed to secure a victory.

Hayes, 41, had been nominated for Favorite Country Song for “Fancy Like” but lost the award to Gabby Barrett and “The Good Ones”.

However, the native of Mobile raised his profile by performing “Fancy Like” during the awards ceremony, broadcast live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Hayes also walked the red carpet as a nominee, greeting fans with his wife, Laney Beville Hayes, by his side.

The AMAs are another momentous moment in Hayes’ big year.

“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.

He recently released two other singles, “U Gurl” and “AA”. Monument Records also announced a release date for their “Country Stuff The Album”. It will be released on January 21 and will include “Fancy Like”, the two new singles and 10 other tracks.

Hayes began 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 performed in the musical ” Little Shop of Horrors “. The couple now have six children.

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 and five EPs to his credit. Hayes’ latest EP, “Country Stuff” from 2021, features six tracks which are bundled into the new “Country Stuff the Album”.

Hayes will return to his home country in 2022 on his “Fancy Like” tour, performing on February 17 at the Saenger Theater in Mobile and on February 19 in Iron City in Birmingham.

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Two other Alabama-related artists, Florida Georgia Line and Zac Brown Band, were up for an American Music Award on Sunday, in the Favorite Country Duo or Group category. The prize went to Dan + Shay.

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.


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