Just one year after releasing his massive debut album, Montevallo, Hunt was honored alongside stars like Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town and Florida Georgia Line as one of CMT's Artists of the Year.
"I still consider myself a new artist, and I'm in the company tonight of some very, very relevant artists who are at the top of their game in the genre," Hunt told ET on the red carpet at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on Wednesday. "To be included is really special."
The "Take Your Time" singer told ET that he's already working on his sophomore album but may be suffering from a bit of writer's block.
"I am just now starting to get back in the studio, starting to work on new songs, so hopefully next year I'll be able to dig in a little bit more," Hunt said, confessing that he's having "an issue lately" with getting inspired.
"I've been trying to think about what I want to write about, but my lifestyle has really changed, so folks aren't really going to necessarily relate to the lifestyle I've been living," he explained. "I'm gonna have to really dig in and come up with some ideas that sort of blend my old lifestyle with what I'm doing now, so we'll see how that works out."
"I can't write about busses and stages all the time!" he added.
But if you think for one second that fame has gotten to Hunt's head, think again! The 30-year-old country crooner delivered an incredibly poignant, heartfelt speech while accepting his award from tourmate Hillary Scott on Wednesday.
"The last couple days, I've had this line from a Randy Travis song stuck in my head. It's, 'It's not what you take when you leave this world behind, but what you leave behind you when you're gone,'" Hunt told the crowd. "I've been thinking about some of the cool things we've been able to accomplish over this past year and it reminds me that it's not about me and my accomplishments, but it's about what I do with it. This music thing, it's gonna go away at some point. Maybe a year from now, maybe five years from now -- if I'm lucky, longer than that. But I hope that when it does, I will have brought something of value to people's lives."
Hunt's beaming parents were among the audience members cheering him on, but the Georgia native joked to ET that his family may have something even more exciting to look forward to in the near future. As dating rumors have swirled around Hunt, who will celebrate his 31st birthday on Dec. 8, we had to ask whether his younger brother's recent wedding had sparked any new pressure to settle down.