Mickey Guyton and Walker Hayes are among the next generation of artists announced as performers at the 2021 American Music Awards. They are part of an impressive company of all genres: Other recently announced names include Rapper Tyler, Creator, DJ Diplo and the Italian rock band Måneskin.
Hayes will perform his larger-than-life “Fancy Like,” which recently hit No. 1 on country radio after going viral on TikTok earlier this year. Meanwhile, Guyton will be releasing “All American”, the last single from his debut feature in September, Remember his name.
Being named the Performer of the All-Gender Awards Ceremony is a long-awaited accomplishment for both artists, who have each experienced a long and grueling ascent to their current level of success. Hayes and Guyton have both gone through years of critical acclaim, but have seen limited commercial success, but more recently both have hit their stride. Guyton first achieved great fame with her searing ballad, “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?”, Which draws on her experience as a black woman in country music and the world at large.
Hayes saw her star ramp up this summer with the popularity of “Fancy Like,” a song that celebrates little working-class luxury moments, like a date night at Applebee’s. “Fancy Like” is nominated for the 2021 AMAs for Favorite Country Song.
Guyton and Hayes join the first series of artists from AMAs, including three big names in country: Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood will take the stage at the awards ceremony to perform their chart-topping duo, “If I Didn’t Love You, ”and Kane Brown will perform a fast-paced rendition of his“ One Mississippi ”.
Chris Stapleton and Gabby Barrett lead the national nominees at the awards show, and Underwood, Luke Combs and Luke Bryan all grabbed multiple nominations as well. Hosted by rapper Cardi B, the 2021 AMAs will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. CT on ABC.
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