Walker Hayes admits he was scared and very far from his comfort zone as he prepared to sing "Fancy Like" at the end of the CMT Artists of the Year ceremony last week. #walkerhayes #fancylike #kanebrown Kane Brown pulled him out of it without doing much more than millions of fans worldwide have done since this summer: smiling and dancing. Video (below) finds other country artists doing the same as Hayes plows triumphantly through the song. The next morning, he turned to Instagram to share a long reflection of his emotions and to encourage others to stand up for someone who needs it. "Fancy Like" is a Top 5 single on country airplay charts and a multi-week No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Last Wednesday (Oct. 13) was his first live performance of the song. "I feel like a dweeb even saying this, but like, last night I was all pumped to sing 'Fancy Like,'" Hayes shares in the video. “We had rehearsed, we had dress rehearsal, all that stuff to close the show out. But as I sat there in the audience, you know, Garth (Brooks) got up, you know Randy Travis was being honored, Chris Stapleton in the audience ... Gabby Barrett, Mickey Guyton, all of these just incredibly talented vocalists, who lean on the traditional side of things." "I felt my spirit just kind of sinking in my chair because I was like, ‘Oh my god, we’re about to drop the bass on this show, and I’m going to sing about Applebee’s,' and I was like ‘Oh my God, I’m out of my league here,'" he adds. If you're new, Subscribe! → http://bit.ly/subscribe-taste-of-country Download the app → http://tasteofcountry.com/app/ Go here → http://tasteofcountry.com/ Like us → https://www.facebook.com/thetasteofcountry Follow us → https://twitter.com/tasteofcountry Get our newsletter → http://tasteofcountry.com/newsletter/ #CountryMusic #Nashville

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