Meet your new favorite country-pop crossover act: MTV Artist To Watch Hunter Hayes.
No matter what your taste in music, a young prodigy like Hunter Hayes is hard to pass up. The 21-year-old up-and-coming country-pop superstar is on the Taylor Swift fast track to crossover success (remember when Taylor was just "country"?): Not only has Hunter spent much of the past year opening for Carrie Underwood on her "Blown Away" tour, but he's also opened for Ms. Swift AND Rascal Flatts, and was nominated for THREE 2013 Grammy awards, including Best New Artist. Are we impressed yet?
Learn more about Hunter Hayes after the jump.
Taylor Swift seduced the ENTIRE audience with her "Red" performance at the CMT Music Awards.
Taylor Swift?? Is that YOU?! We thought we knew what a good show was when we saw you sing "22" in a unicorn shirt, but OMG! Can we get a million rounds of applause for Taylor's "Red" performance at the 2013 CMT Music Awards?? Because that might've been the sexiest thing we've ever seen, and we should know -- we've seen every Ryan Gosling movie ever made. We're sexy professionals. Wait, that sounded wrong.
Watch Taylor Swift's "Red" performance at the 2013 CMT Music Awards after the jump.
Hunter Hayes performed "I Want Crazy" at the 2013 CMT Music Awards.
Y'all might not know it yet, but Hunter Hayes is totally the country music Justin Bieber. For one thing, he's about to embark on his "Let's Be Crazy Tour" tour with supporting act Ashley Monroe, he's got the Justin Bieber-brand muscles, he wears the tight tanks, he has the perfectly coiffed hair, and, well, he possesses THE ABILITY TO DRIVE THE LADIES EFFING WILD! Or, according to Hunter's performance of "I Want Crazy" at the 2013 CMT Music Awards, like, literally CRAZY EYES-insane. You know, the borderline wacko stare girls get when they see something they want! (Like Hunter, for example.)
Watch Hunter Hayes' performance of "I Want Crazy" at the 2013 CMT Awards after the jump.
Ed Sheeran met Hunter Hayes at the 2013 CMT Music Awards!
Warning: The Battle Of Cute Male Musicians has arrived, and it comes in the form of Hunter Hayes meeting "Lego House" singer Ed Sheeran at the 2013 CMT Music Awards! And no, we don't even care that Ed isn't by definition "country" -- but he DID cowrite "Everything Has Changed" on queen of country Taylor Swift's Red album so, yeah, bro can do anything and show up anywhere he likes! And even better, he can pose with Hunter any time he likes! Because (a) he'll get appreciative glances from us and (b) NETWORKING. Werque those business cards, fellas.
Read more about Hunter Hayes meeting Ed Sheeran at the 2013 CMT Music Awards after the jump.
Watch Avril Lavigne perform "Here's To Never Growing Up" live.
Seemingly ageless pop player Avril Lavigne has had an epic career for someone who hasn't even hit 30. I mean, she was only 17 years old when she first skateboarded onto the pop scene (and into our hearts) with songs like "Complicated" and "I'm With You" -- but still, Avril hasn't so much as gained a mid-20s forehead wrinkle or worry line since 2002. #TellMeYourSkinRoutine.
Now, over a decade since wreaking mall havoc and recalling tales of punks hooking up with ballet dancers ("Sk8er Boi"), Avril's prepping her upcoming fifth studio album and has just released a brand-new ode to youth, "Here's To Never Growing Up," which she recently performed live at Buzzworthy's studios.
Watch Avril Lavigne's "Buzzworthy Live" acoustic performance of "Here's To Never Growing Up" after the jump.
Hanson will perform at the O Music Awards' Live Music Day!
OK, everyone, it's time to sit the $#*@ down because we've got some NEWZ. Like, HANSON-related news. Like, "MMMBop"/"I Will Come To You"-Hanson news. OK, enough messing around because HANSON IS PLAYING AT THE O MUSIC AWARDS' LIVE MUSIC DAY! Did you get that? We said: HANSON IS PERFORMING AT THE O MUSIC AWARDS' LIVE MUSIC DAY!
Read more about the O Music Awards after the jump.
Meet MTV's latest Artist To Watch: electo-pop wunderkinds Timeflies.
Producer Rob Resnick and vocalist Cal Shapiro (aka Timeflies) have truly mastered the art of genre-bending. Are they a little pop? Yes. A little electro? Absolutely. Top that off with a hefty dose of hip-hop and tinges of R&B, and you've got an infectious, club-ready sound that's completely slaying the pop music game right now. Oh, and by the way, you can also thank us later for naming Timeflies one of our Favorite Breakthrough Artists of 2012, because you're gonna feel mad cool when they become One Direction-famous in 2013. Trust us.
Read more about Timeflies after the jump.
Watch The So So Glos' raucous set from their MTV "Artist To Watch" show.
DIY punk rockers The So So Glos have carved a name for themselves by, well, doing it themselves. The Brooklyn-based band, comprising brothers Alex and Ryan Levine, Matt Elkin, and Zach Staggers opened their own very own venue, Shea Stadium, in 2009, to serve as an underground sanctuary for Brooklyn's many indie acts. Named for their beloved Mets, Shea Stadium is a testament to the NYC baseball team's underdog spirit, and it was there that The So So Glos cultivated their sound and built their fanbase. Now, four years later, the O Music Award-nominated band has released their second album, Blowout, and recently played The Studio At Webster Hall for MTV Hive's "Artist To Watch Live," where they reeled off killer tracks like "Lost Weekend," "Wrecking Ball," "Xanax," and more. Watch "Lost Weekend" and "Wrecking Ball" below, and check out The So So Glos' "Artist To Watch" performance in its entirety at MTV Hive.
Watch The So So Glos perform "Lost Weekend" and "Wrecking Ball" from their MTV Artist To Watch "Live In NYC" concert after the jump.