In what had to be the least-surprising win at Wednesday night’s (Nov. 5) CMA Awards , Florida Georgia Line took home the vocal duo of the year trophy. New artist nominees Brandy Clark and Kip Moore presented the award with new artist of the year winner Brett Eldredge, who declared the category as being “all about what two great voices can do.”
Florida Georgia Line, the duo comprised of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, appeared to be noticeably nervous when taking the stage, with Kelley exclaiming, “I’m shaking.”
They went on to thank their teams at Big Loud Shirt, Big Loud Mountain, Republic Nashville and country radio. They also recognized family members in the audience, including Hubbard’s mother and sister, as well as Hubbard’s fiancee Hayley Stommel and Kelley’s wife Brittney Marie Cole.
“Night after night, you guys continue to blow our minds,” Kelley told fans. “Thank you for letting us do what we love. All we ever wanted to do was play country music.”
This is Florida Georgia Line’s fifth CMA nomination and third win. Their second album, Anything Goes, came out in October, selling almost 200,000 copies in its first week.
Earlier in the evening, they performed an emotional version of that album’s first single “Dirt,” which went platinum in October and hit No. 1 on Billboard’s country songs chart.Check out complete coverage of the 48th annual CMA Awards.