Sam Hunt took to the CMA Awards stage Wednesday night to perform his hit single “Take Your Time.”

Sam Hunt CMA Awards

Hunt, who was one of the most heavily-anticipated performers at the CMAs, didn’t disappointment with his rendition of “Take Your Time,” which is off his debut album, Montevallo, and is his second No. 1 single. Dressed in black pants and a black short-sleeved shirt with a white collar, resembling a priest’s outfit, Hunt not only received attention for his vocals but for his attire.

“It appears Sam Hunt is opting for the ‘sexy priest’ costume tonight,” one Twitter user remarked.

“When did Sam Hunt join the cloth?” another asked.

Hunt was nominated for New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year at the CMAs, losing to Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” respectively. Despite his losses, he did get a friendly shoutout from the show’s hosts – Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley – during their monologue. Paisley noted that Hunt “talks in his songs and then starts singing and the younger demographic just totally eats it up,” dubbing the habit “Sam Hunt-ing.”

Prior to the awards show, Hunt had opened up about how he’s approaching his follow-up album.

“I’ve really been able to appreciate the value of certain types of songs [for] a live audience,” Hunt told Entertainment Weekly. “Our show has a little bit more energy and the tempo is a little bit more upbeat than the way I usually approach songwriting — I tend to lean towards ballads and slower songs. So I’m more aware of needing that balance. There will be songs that will be great to listen to in the car by yourself, songs that will be perfect for a party with your friends, or a live show.”

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