Rascal Flatts have been named 2005’s country artist of the year by Billboard magazine — the first time a group has been named in that category in the award’s 13-year history. The group spent a combined eight weeks at No. 1 with “Bless the Broken Road” and “Fast Cars and Freedom.” “Skin (Sarabeth)” peaked at No. 2 and has remained on the chart for 35 weeks. “Bless the Broken Road” also helped secure the group’s first Grammy nomination, for best country performance by a duo or group with vocal.