Hunter Hayes Makes First Ever CMA Performance and Wins Best New Artist

Hunter Hayes gives a huge smile as he holds on to his first-ever CMA award on Thursday evening.

The 21-year-old took home the award for Best New Artist and he shared his excitement via twitter. He wrote, “Guys, I cannot believe this… I’m like speechless. Thank you thank you thank you! All the love going out to you all tonight!!!”

Hunter also took the stage for his first CMA performance where he performed his hit single “Wanted.” His tourmate, Carrie Underwood, even introduced his performance! Earlier this week, Hunter also won his first BMI award for “Wanted.”

Other big winners of the night included Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. Click inside for the full list of winners…

Entertainer of the Year: Blake Shelton
Album of the Year: Chief, Eric Church
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Single of the Year: “Pontoon,” Little Big Town
Song of the Year: “Over You,” Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert (songwriters)
Musical Event of the Year: “Feel Like a Rock Star,” Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally
Music Video of the Year: “Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith
New Artist of the Year: Hunter Hayes

Photos: SARA KAUSS/KATHERINE BOMBOY-THORNTON/ABC