Walker Hayes Rings In 2022 with First-Ever ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ Performance
Walker Hayes celebrated the new year with a performance on the iconic television special, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve…
Walker Hayes; Photo Courtesy ABC, Rockin’ Eve
Walker Hayes celebrated the new year with a performance on the iconic television special, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
Live from Los Angeles, the GRAMMY-nominated hitmaker brought his latest single, “AA,” to life with the performance on Friday, December 31.
After being introduced by Ciara, Hayes demanded the live audience’s attention with his likeable personality and relatable lyrics.
— Walker Hayes (@walkerhayes) January 1, 2022
Later in the show, the Alabama native also performed his chart-topping viral hit, “Fancy Like.”
In a few short weeks, Hayes will release Country Stuff The Album, which includes “Fancy Like” as well as his previously released songs “U Gurl” and “AA.” Collaborations with Carly Pearce, Jake Owen, and Lori McKenna, and a re-imagined version of “Craig” featuring MercyMe also appear on the record.
Country Stuff The Album will be uniquely Hayes, and share a range of emotion from nostalgia and pain to joy and good old-fashioned fun.
“I’ve been waiting so long to put out a project like this,” Hayes said. “It has everything I love from the fun of ‘Fancy Like’ to the more personal lyrics in ‘AA.’ As an artist, it’s such a unique thing to be able to share all the different versions of you in a project, and that’s really what I tried to do here.”
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Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve also featured performances from AJR, Avril Lavigne, Travis Barker, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Windsor, OneRepublic, Journey, Daisy The Great, Ashanti, JaRule, Mae Muller with Polo G, French Montana, Masked Wolf and many more.
The L.A. Party festivities kicked off with five-time NYRE co-host and multi-platinum selling artist, Ciara, with Club Quarantine’s D-Nice spinning the turntables at the celebration.
The star-studded NYRE lineup also featured 17-time host and executive producer Ryan Seacrest in Times Square with first-time co-host Liza Koshy, co-host Billy Porter from New Orleans. Co-host Roselyn Sanchez led the festivities in Puerto Rico, the inaugural destination for the show’s first Spanish-language countdown.
The annual New Year’s celebration aired live on ABC at 8/7c.
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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.