After 17 Years In Nashville, Walker Hayes Is “Mind Blown” To Receive His First ACM Awards Nominations

Walker Hayes was left speechless on Thursday morning (Feb. 10) when the Academy Of Country Music announced the 2022 ACM…


Andrew Wendowski

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February 10, 2022


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Walker Hayes was left speechless on Thursday morning (Feb. 10) when the Academy Of Country Music announced the 2022 ACM Awards nominations.

The viral country hitmaker, who is a first-time nominee at the 2022 ACM Awards, received five nominations, including New Male Artist Of The Year, Single Of The Year (“Fancy Like”) and Song Of The Year (“Fancy Like”). Hayes’ Single Of The Year nomination earns him nods as the artist and producer, while his Song Of The Year nomination also earns him nods as the artist and songwriter.

The Alabama native took to social media to tell fans about his nods and share his reaction.

Pretty frickin’ mind blown…thank you, @ACMawards!! @PrimeVideo Folded hands” Hayes wrote on Twitter.

With five nods, Hayes is one of the most nominated artists at the coveted awards show.

The news comes 17 years after Hayes made the move to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue his career in country music.

Hayes is nominated in the New Male Artist Of The Year category alongside Ryan Hurd, Parker McCollum, HARDY and Elvie Shane.

Also nominated in the Song Of The Year category are Kenny Chesney (“Knowing You”), Morgan Wallen (“7 Summers”), Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan (“Buy Dirt”), and Lainey Wilson (“Things A Man Oughta Know”). 

Walker Hayes; Photo by Robert Chavers
Walker Hayes; Photo by Robert Chavers

The Single Of The Year category also features Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan (“Buy Dirt”), Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood (“If I Didn’t Love You”), Chris Young featuring Kane Brown (“Famous Friends”) and Chris Stapleton (“You Should Probably Leave”). 

Co-hosted by global icon Dolly Parton and reigning New Female and Male Artist Of The Year, Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen, the 2022 ACM Awards will take place on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

“I am so excited to be hosting the ACM Awards on March 7 from Vegas. Watch for us because we’re going to have some fun,” Parton previously shared.

For the first time ever, the show will stream on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, rather than on CBS. This marks the first time a major awards show has livestreamed exclusively.

The show promises to be a nonstop party, bringing legendary artists together with today’s favorites for exciting and unexpected collaborations, surprising moments fans will never forget, and world television-premiere performances.

More details, including the ACM Awards performance lineup, will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Tickets to attend the 2022 ACM Awards are currently on-sale at

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a self-taught entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.