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The sauve singer may attribute his newfound swagger to the success of his first No. 1, "Wanted," which just received a double platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for sales exceeding two million units. "The song has given me a false sense of confidence," Hunter tells The Boot with a laugh. "I'm such a geek. I'm so awkward and weird and shy and quiet. I don't say these things in the song very well. That's why I put them in a song."
Fellow ACM nominees include Jana Kramer, Kacey Musgraves and Sunny Sweeney for New Female Vocalist, while Florida Georgia Line, Love and Theft and Thompson Square are up for New Vocal Duo or Group. Voting ends at 3:00 PM ET on Feb. 4, with the winner in each category being announced soon after. The three winners will then going on to compete for New Artist of the Year at the live April 7 broadcast.