Florida Georgia Line Wins Three ACM Decade Awards

Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley were surprised with not one, not two, but THREE ACM decade awards…

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Lauren Jo Black

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September 30, 2019

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Florida Georgia Line; Photo by The Holy Mountain

Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley were surprised with not one, not two, but THREE ACM decade awards on Saturday (Sept. 28) during the final stop of their Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour.

The Academy of Country Music surprised the duo backstage at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA, awarding them with trophies for ACM Breakout Artist of the Decade, ACM Single of the Decade and ACM Music Event of the Decade.

According to a press release, the ACM Breakout Artist of the Decade Award “acknowledges an artist that first impacted country music in the decade and has contributed to the country music format in an impactful way.”

Florida Georgia Line; Photo by The Holy Mountain
Florida Georgia Line; Photo by The Holy Mountain

FGL also received the ACM Single of the Decade Award for their breakout hit “Cruise.” This award recognizes a single that has impacted the country music genre throughout the past decade.

Lastly, Florida Georgia Line was presented with the ACM Music Event of the Decade Award for their crossover smash “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha. This award recognizes “a recording performed by artists who do not regularly perform together that has impacted country music over the decade.”

“Since FGL’s debut with ‘Cruise,’ their success has been amazing. They’ve blown us all away with recording-breaking tracks and performances. Once they collaborated with Bebe Rexha, they reached even more fans outside country music. We are excited to award BK and Tyler with these well-deserved awards to celebrate these unprecedented multiple career milestones from this past decade,” said RAC Clark, ACM Interim Executive Director.

FGL now holds three of the seven newly-announced ACM decade awards. Previous recipients include Rhett Akins, who received the ACM Songwriter of the Decade Award, Chris Stapleton, who was recently awarded with the ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade Award, and Jason Aldean, who won the ACM Artist of the Decade Award earlier this year. ACM Song of the Decade was awarded to Miranda Lambert and songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin for “The House That Built Me.”

The recipient of the remaining category, ACM Album of the Decade, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.