Over the weekend (9/28), Florida Georgia Line was surprised during a backstage fan event by the Academy of Country Music with the news that the duo was being honored with not one, but three of the seven all-new ACM Decade Awards that were handed out this year.
FGL has been awarded the ACM Breakout Artist of the Decade Award, the ACM Single of the Decade Award for “Cruise,” and ACM Music Event of the Decade Award for “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha.
Brian Kelley said, “ACM’s, this is mind-blowing. These are three huge, massive honors. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It really does mean a lot. You know, you think about all the shows played, you think about all the faces melted … (laughter) naw, I’m just kidding! … all the hands shook, all the fans made and met and eye contact every show, all the hours put, all the people it takes, all the days that you might not feel like showing up. These are really special. These are really cool and it’s an amazing humbling way to end this season of life and this tour.”
While FGL did just wrap up their tour for the year, they’ve already announced they’ll be part of the Chillaxification Tour next year with Kenny Chesney and Old Dominion.
Kelley finished up, saying, “(We’re) forever grateful for all of our supporters here, all of our fans. It takes a big team, it takes a massive group and I just think we’re just more inspired than ever. All these good things keep happening. God’s just blessing us. So we’re very proud, but more importantly, we’re just thankful for all the people that surround us, that continue to lift us up and allow us to create. It’s the most fulfilling thing, so thank y’all.”
They posted to Instagram, “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. 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.”