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Florida Georgia Line, Dan + Shay, LOCASH and The Brothers Osborne are always competing for the Duo category at award shows, including this Sunday’s ACM Awards. But according to Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, he doesn’t feel competitive towards other duos in country music.

Tyler says, “I don’t know if I feel too much of the competition, personally, with the other duos. I mean I genuinely feel like in this genre, I think that’s one of the things that we love so much about country music and this genre, is it really does kind of feel like a big family. I mean we’re always competing with everybody. We’re competing with ourselves, we’re competing with anybody, and we actually welcome a good challenge or a good competition and somebody that can push us a little bit.”

Hubbard just produced several songs on LOCASH’s brand new album, and FGL is bringing Dan & Shay out on tour this summer. Hubbard says, “I also think it’s really cool, the camaraderie, the family, the brotherhood that country music allows you to have because at the end of the day there’s not too many people that can really relate a hundred and ten percent to be BK and I’s lifestyle except Dan and Shay, except Chris and Preston, and guys like that. So, really the bond is there and it’s really cool and especially for good guys like that. Like we just root ‘em on and we want them to win and I don’t feel a ton of competition necessarily.”

The Academy of Country Music Awards, with the popular Duo category one of the first awards they announce for the evening, will air live on Sunday (4/7) on CBS.

-Nancy Brooks