(L to R: Dan Huff-Producer, John Esposito-President & CEO WMN, Betsy McHugh-Martingale Ent, Ansel Adams-Martingale Ent, Hunter Hayes, Scott Hendricks-Sr. VP A&R WMN, Peter Strickland-Sr. VP Sales & Marketing WMN, Justin Luffman-VP Brand Management, Chris Stacey-Sr. VP Promotion WMN)
Atlantic recording artist Hunter Hayes recently earned Double Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling over 2 million copies of his multi-week #1 hit single Wanted. After a performance on Ryman at the Opry last Friday, Hayes was also surprised with a plaque from Warner Music Nashville to celebrate his self-titled debut album selling over half a million copies and receiving a career first RIAA Gold album certification. In addition, Hayes is up for the Academy of Country Musics New Male Vocalist Award and is reaching out to fans about the fan-vote-only award with a new promo video that can be seen HERE. Voting for the ACM Awards started Monday, January 21st, ending Feb. 4th at 3 p.m. ET and can be found HERE. The winners of the three newcomer categories (New Male, New Female and New Vocal Duo/Group) will be announced in early February during the annual ACM Award nominees press conference, date TBD. The winners in these three categories will go on to compete for overall ACM New Artist of the Year, which is also fan voted and will be announced live on the ACM Awards on April 7th.