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.”
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.