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Florida Georgia Line Honored With Three ‘ACM Decade’ Awards

Duo given first ever ACM Breakout Artist, Single and Music Event of the Decade Awards.

Written by Chris Parton
Florida Georgia Line Honored With Three ‘ACM Decade’ Awards
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line; Photo Credit: The Holy Mountain

Game changing country duo Florida Georgia Line have been revealed as the first recipients of three new awards from the Academy of Country Music, taking home the inaugural trophies in a surprise ceremony.

Honored backstage during the final stop of their Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour in Irvine, California, Saturday night (September 28), the duo’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley were handed the first ever ACM Breakout Artist of the Decade, ACM Single of the Decade and ACM Music Event of the Decade Awards. Each is part of a new class of ACM Awards instituted this year, meant to highlight long-lasting impact within the country genre.

FGL’s Breakout Artist of the Decade Award acknowledges an artist that first arrived in country in the last ten years and has “contributed to the country music format in an impactful way.” Meanwhile, their Single of the Decade Award recognizes their 2012 debut, “Cruise,” which is the genre’s only Diamond-certified single and ushered in a new era of pop, rock and hip hop influence, and the Music Event of the Decade Award calls out FGL’s chart-dominating 2017 collaboration with pop star Bebe Rexha, “Meant to Be.” The factors used to determine the winner of each award include success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.

With the wins, FGL has taken three of the seven new ACM Decade Award categories, joining Chris Stapleton (ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade), Rhett Akins (ACM Songwriter of the Decade) and Miranda Lambert, Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin (ACM Song of the Decade for “The House That Built Me”).

“We are so humbled to receive the first-ever ACM Breakout Artist of the Decade Award, ACM Single of the Decade Award and ACM Music Event of the Decade Award,” the duo wrote via social media. “This is just wild to us. Thank you so much to the @acmawards and our fans for continuing to support us in such a big way. It really means a lot. Y’all make it so easy for us to continue to count our blessings and we love you for it.”