Hunter Hayes was more adorable than ever when he accepted the award for “Favorite Male Country Artist” at Wednesday night’s People’s Choice Awards. But, the 23-year-old crooner feels a little bad that he beat out some of country music’s biggest stars, including Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, and Brad Paisley.
“I'm going to get my butt kicked, I feel like. I think I really am,” he said while laughing about his big triumph with ET’s Brooke Anderson backstage. “I feel guilty because they are literally some of the nicest guys in our job and I'm lucky that I get to say that.”
The “Invisible” singer also joked that he’s ready for Blake to bring on the pretend trash-talking before revealing his hopes of collaborating with a certain singer….. YOU GUYS: Ed Sheeran!
Hayes, who is gearing up to hit the road with Lady Antebellum on the Wheels Up 2015 Tour, admitted that he’s already given the “Don’t” singer his card!
“I want to do something with Ed Sheeran. I've put out all the hints in the world around that,” he said before pretending to call Sheeran on the phone.
“I gave you my card a while back and I don't know if you remember,” he added in a pretend message to Sheeran via ET's cameras.
As for how Hayes envisions the duet?
“What I really want, if I get to do something like that… is to literally lock in a studio for days at a time….,” he explained. “Write something, work on something in the studio, and then figure out a way to get it into a performance mode and see if you can bring it out live for the fans.”
“When collaborations happen and you see them live, you see the energy. You see the relationship and the just the connection that's happening, you know what I mean? And that's just two people loving what they do, you know. It's so relate-able. Like, I get that and I love that. So I want that.”