Country duo Florida Georgia Line released their debut single “Cruise” last summer, and it propelled them onto the radio airwaves and up the country charts. The song went all the way to Number One, and it helped them receive their first of three nominations at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. sat down with Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard to talk all things ACMs. Having already won their first award, the fan-voted New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, the band is hopeful they’ll be adding two more to their collection this Sunday: Vocal Duo of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

“It’s one of those things that it feels good to be part of country music and the country music family,” Kelley said. “A year ago we were sitting on the couch eating pizza and watching the awards. Growing up watching the awards, dreaming of being up there one day, or being nominated. Already winning one and being nominated for two more with such amazing artists, it’s really cool to us and for where we come from. Hopefully we’ll take home a win and maybe some blackjack money. It’s an honor. It’s very humbling.”

With one award under their belt, you’d think the band could relax during the show but they said this isn’t the case.

“It motivates us and pushes us to work even harder and try to take home more wins and do bigger things,” Hubbard said.

“And our fans, we have to give them all the credit. The award that we won was fan voted, and the ones we’re nominated for are fan voted. Our fans are killer and they assemble like an army and support us and push us along. That’s why we’re doing it. We love our fans. Go vote! if you haven’t done it yet.”

So where exactly will the guys be putting their very first ACM trophy?

“I don’t know yet,” Hubbard said. “I think I’m going to have to add onto the house and make a plaque room and an award room.”

The 48th ACM Awards air live on CBS on Sunday, April 7.


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