Walker Hayes Performance Drowns Out CBS Halftime Show Due To Major Audio Mishap

The Kansas City Chiefs welcomed Walker Hayes to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday and the breakout star’s performance is one fans…


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January 30, 2022


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The Kansas City Chiefs welcomed Walker Hayes to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday and the breakout star’s performance is one fans won’t soon forget. 

On Sunday afternoon (Jan. 30), during the AFC Championship matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals, Hayes’ entire performance was drowning out the televised halftime conversation between commentators James Brown, Nate Burleson, Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and Bill Cowher.


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It appears someone working for CBS failed to adjust the volume levels between the halftime performance and the analysts’ breakdown of the first half of the game. The commentators powered through but admitted they couldn’t hear each other as Hayes’ songs “Fancy Like” and “AA” blared over the speakers. 

“I have no idea what you just said,” Esiason said to his colleagues.

Twitter erupted as fans joked about the situation. 

“Know one thing. A producer is getting fired today…,” wrote one Twitter user while another shared, “Yikes, don’t think CBS realized how disruptive the Walker Hayes halftime show would be during *their* halftime show. Can’t hear a word.”

Hayes reacted to the audio snafu after Barstool Sports called it the “loudest halftime show in history.” 

“@CBSSports thanks for having me,” Hayes wrote alongside several laughing crying emojis. 

Hayes’ halftime performance came just days after the release of his much-anticipated new project, Country Stuff The Album. The just-released album features 13 tracks, including his latest single, “AA.” 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.