“Entertainer of the Year, that’s huge,” says Tyler Hubbard, one half of the country music duo Florida Georgia Line, about their five nominations at the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards, including that top category. They recently discussed the ACMs with CBS (watch above). “It’s feels great. It’s very humbling — you look at the rest of the nominees, [Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban], and it’s just mind-blowing that we’re in that category with those artists. And it’s motivating as well. I think it’s going to be a big night for us, but even if we don’t take that one home it’s still motivating regardless.”
They’re also especially proud of their nomination for Album of the Year for their third studio release, “Dig Your Roots,” which was released last August. “Our albums are like our babies. They’re our lives, our projects. It’s a work of art for us,” says Hubbard’s partner in crime, Brian Kelley. “We continued to stay ourselves but pushed the boundaries, and I think it’s cool to be recognized for that. There’s a lot of inspiration on that album from our grandparents, our parents, real-life situations, marriage, struggles, love and spirituality.”
Florida Georgia Line are also nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year, Single Record of the Year (‘H.O.L.Y.’) and Vocal Event of the Year (“May We All” featuring Tim McGraw), but that’s not the collaboration audiences are most excited for. They’ve also worked with the pop band the Backstreet Boys, and they’ll be performing together on the ACMs stage. “It’s going to be amazing, special,” Kelley teases of the performance. “We might be dancing and singing at the same time. Who knows? Anything is possible.”
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