The popular country duo Florida Georgia Line are nominated for Entertainer at the ACM Awards for the second time following a previous bid in 2015, but they have yet to win. Will this be their year? To prevail, they’ll have to overcome a strong ACM bias against duo and group artists. Only three have ever won before.
Eleven solo artists won Entertainer of the Year before Alabama became the first group to take the award in 1982. They went on to win a remarkable five in a row through 1986, after which there was another long string of solo victors.
The next duo or group to take top honors were Brooks and Dunn in 1996. They won again in 1997 and once more in 2002. No others have won since then, so it’s been 15 years since a duo or group has taken the top award. But in-between those last two Brooks and Dunn victories was one for the Dixie Chicks in 2001. That’s all, however. In fact, before Florida Georgia Line’s nomination in 2015, no group act had even been nominated since Zac Brown Band five years earlier in 2010.
A win for Florida Georgia Line is certainly possible. This is a strong year for the pair in which they have five nominations, including Album of the Year (“Dig Your Roots”) and Single Record of the Year (“H.O.L.Y.”). Out of the contenders for Entertainer of the Year, only Keith Urban has more nominations (seven).
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