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A little rain can't keep Luke Bryan from doin' his thing on the TODAY plaza

Luke Bryan is one of country music's biggest stars, having sold over 8 million albums, racked up 15 No. 1 hits and holding steady as among the top country artists for the past two years.

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Luke Bryan performs 'Huntin,' Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day' on TODAY

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And on Friday, he brought all of that (plus his killer smile) to the TODAY plaza!

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Luke Bryan on the TODAY plaza on Friday.

The red-hot country singer knows exactly what his fans want, and he made sure to bring it all home to kick off the weekend in grand style — despite the threat of rain in New York City.

His fans also were not to be deterred:

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Including one who celebrated her 18th birthday with TODAY and Bryan!

Bryan even spent time taking a few selfies with fans:

And check out his set list for the morning:

Bryan has long been one of Nashville's most versatile artists, tackling everything from heartbreaking ballads to rocking stadium anthems.

His most recent album, "Kill All the Lights," was the best-selling country record of 2015.

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Watch Luke Bryan perform 'Strip It Down' on TODAY

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But no matter how much touring or recording he does, he always stays enthusiastic. "When I step onstage I am energized by the energy of the crowd," he told TODAY.

"If I'm not out there having fun then ... I'm not going to be in this business any more," he added. "I try to really relish the fact that this is my dream come true."

Later, he sat down inside the studio and took a quiz all about country singers and their snug trousers. Fans had been pointing out Bryan's own concert-wear all morning:

So we suspected he'd do quite well recognizing his peers in their own tight jeans. And he did not disappoint. "Country music has done skinny jeans for a while," he noted, while easily recognizing stars like Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley.

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Luke Bryan: My success 'didn't happen overnight'

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"I'm actually uncomfortable that I knew all those," he quipped.

He also made sure to spend some time with TODAY's own Hoda Kotb and Al Roker.

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