09/29/2019

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE AS RECIPIENTS OF THE FIRST-EVER ACM BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE DECADE AWARD, ACM SINGLE OF THE DECADE AWARD AND ACM MUSIC EVENT OF THE DECADE AWARD

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ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE AS RECIPIENTS OF THE FIRST-EVER
ACM BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE DECADE AWARD,
ACM SINGLE OF THE DECADE AWARD
AND ACM MUSIC EVENT OF THE DECADE AWARD 

DUO EARNS THREE OUT OF SEVEN NEW ACM AWARDS® CELEBRATING
THE MOST IMPACTFUL PROJECTS & ARTISTS THROUGHOUT THE PAST DECADE



TWEET: Just announced! @FLAGALine receives First ACM Breakout Artist of the Decade,
Single of the Decade & Music Event of the Decade Awards! [INSERT NEWS LINK]

ENCINO, CA (September 29, 2019) – The Academy of Country Music® announced today Florida Georgia Line as the first-ever recipients of the ACM Breakout Artist of the Decade Award, ACM Single of the Decade Award and ACM Music Event of the Decade Award. The duo was awarded all three ACM Decade Awards in a surprise backstage presentation last night (9/28) during their final stop on their CAN’T SAY I AIN’T COUNTRY TOUR at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA. With these wins, Florida Georgia Line earns three of the seven all-new ACM Decade Award categories, including most recently announced ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade Award recipient Chris Stapleton, ACM Songwriter of the Decade Award recipient Rhett Akins and ACM Song of the Decade Award recipients Miranda Lambert, and songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, for “The House That Built Me.” 

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.  Factors considered include success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, creative integrity, touring statistics, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.

The multi-platinum BMLG Records duo received the ACM Single of the Decade Award for their record-breaking #1 hit “Cruise,” which recognizes a single that has impacted country music over the decade.  The factors considered include success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.

AdditionallyFlorida Georgia Line received the ACM Music Event of the Decade Award for “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha. The award recognizes a recording performed by artists who do not regularly perform together that has impacted country music over the decade. The factors considered include success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.  

Florida Georgia Line has been making history since 2012when they became the first country act to achieve RIAA’s DIAMOND certification for 10 million copies sold with their career debut – and now the ACM Single of the Decade — the 11X-PLATINUM “Cruise,” which remains the best-selling digital country single of all time. Continuing to rule the charts, the 8X PLATINUM, #1 collaboration “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha reigned atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 50 weeks straight. Florida Georgia Line has earned 9.3+ billion streams, exceeded 33.6 million track downloads, sold more than 4.6 million albums worldwide while racking up 16 #1 singles. The duo has been nominated for a total of 23 ACM Awards. In 2012 they earned their first-ever nomination in three categories and collected their first two ACM Awards for ACM New Artist of the Year and ACM New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 they won ACM Vocal Duo of the Year and in 2014 and 2016 they took home the ACM Award for ACM Vocal Event of the Year (“May We All” feat. Tim McGraw). In 2016 they also received the ACM Single Record of the Year (“H.O.L.Y.”). The ACM Single of the Decade Award, ACM Breakout Artist of the Decade Award and ACM Music Event of the Decade Award brings the duo’s total of 11 ACM Awards for Florida Georgia Line. Bebe Rexha received her first-ever ACM nominations in 2018, with a total of 4 nods for ACM Song of the Year, ACM Single of the Year and ACM Music Event of the Year.  With this recognition, Rexha receives her first-ever ACM Award.

“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.

The ACM Decade Awards were ratified by the ACM Board of Directors, following a stringent examination by more than 20 Board members and the ACM Special Awards Committee co-chaired by Chuck Aly and Kelly Rich – from the full spectrum of creative and commercial aspects of the genre – of the most influential projects over the past decade of country music. Like the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade honor recognizing Jason Aldean in April, these awards will be presented only every ten years. The recipient of the remaining category ACM Album of the Decade Award will be announced in the coming weeks.  

As previously announced during the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award was presented to Jason Aldean.  The 14-time ACM Award® winner has dominated country music over the decade, through success at radio, digital media, sales and streaming, distinguishing events, touring, television appearances, and artistic merit. He joins only five other honorees that have received the Artist of the Decade Award, which include Marty Robbins in 1969, Loretta Lynn in 1979, Alabama in 1988, Garth Brooks in 1998 and George Strait in 2008. This Award was renamed the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award after Clark passed away in 2012, in recognition of his many years as the ACM Awards producer and early host.

For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com. You can like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards and Instagram @ACMAwards for more immediate updates.

Photo #1 L-R: RAC Clark, ACM Interim Executive Director; Scott Borchetta, Founder, President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group; Tyler Hubbard; Jimmy Harnen, CEO of BMLG Records; Brian Kelley; Seth England, Partner, Big Loud; Kevin “Chief” Zaruk, Partner, Big Loud; Scooter Braun, Chairman of Ithaca Holdings 

Photo #2 L-R: Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley

Photo #3 L-R: Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard

Photo Credit: The Holy Mountain

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Media Contacts: 
Academy of Country Music                                          
Brooke Primero / Melissa Moldovan                                       
818.788.8000
Brooke@acmcountry.com
Melissa@acmcountry.com 

For Florida Georgia Line
Jensen Sussman, Sweet Talk Publicity
615.320.9616 / jensen@sweettalkpr.com 

Erin D. D. Burr, Big Machine Label Group
615.250.6636 / erin.burr@bmlg.net