Rising country music star Sam Hunt had a big night at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday when he took home the converted belt buckle trophy for Best Breakthrough Video of the Year for his song "Leave the Night On." Hunt also performed his hit "House Party" to a screaming crowd of fans.
Backstage the excited 30-year-old artist stopped to talk with ETonline's Sophie Schillaci about how this win really brings things full circle for him and his career.
"This is my first year of, well, it's my year of firsts for everything! And award shows being one of those things," said Hunt, still excited from his win and celebrated performance. "I was out there a couple years ago, I was standing in the pit watching these award shows, so it was wild to be a few feet away from where I stood and watched this show a couple years ago and to accept the award. It was really cool."
But his moment in the victory spotlight was almost marred by, well, the call of nature. As it turns out, Hunt had chosen the absolute worst moment to use the restroom, deciding to go right before his name was called to accept the award.
"I snuck off to go to the bathroom and ah, I heard somebody yelling my name, so I took off running," Hunt said, laughing. "I didn't even have time to think much before I got [on stage]."
Currently, the singer is on tour with Lady Antebellum and Hunter Hayes, and according to Hunt the tour has been a great learning opportunity.
"Their operation is like so much bigger than anything we have ever experienced," Hunt explained.
"So [it's been great] just to kind of be around that and learn how a tour like that works and hopefully remember some of that if we're ever fortunate enough to put on a tour like that in the future."
However, the one downside of touring is he hasn't been able to write new music.
"A lot of artists write on the road but I haven't figured out how to do that yet," Hunt said. "I kind of have my little OCD wood shed at my house where everything is just right when I go write. I haven't figured take that on the road yet."
"But I do need to get on it quick," he added. "Because hopefully I am going to get it to put out another record before too long, and I got to start working on it."
The CMT Music Awards were also a big night for Hunt's tour partners Lady Antebellum, who not only took home the trophy for Group Video of the Year, but they also kicked off the show with an epic cross-genre performance, collaborating with EDM star Zedd. Check out the video below to see more of their amazing Country/EDM mashup.