Florida Georgia Line: “A Butterfly or Two”

Duo Admits to Awards-Show Nerves

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line have been on plenty of stages. So you’d think they would’ve overcome any kind of stage fright by now.

But in a recent radio interview, the duo admitted to a little bit of nerves when it comes to the upcoming CMA Awards.

“Definitely get a little butterfly or two flyin’ around in there when they’re announcing the nominees,” Hubbard said, “and you’re just kinda sitting there waiting to see if you won or not.”

That would be nerve-wracking for even the most seasoned veterans of the music business. But Hubbard isn’t complaining. In fact, it sounds like he kind of likes it.

“It’s a cool feeling. It’s fun. A little shot of adrenaline never hurt anybody,” he said.

For Kelley, what take his anxiety up a notch is the presenting more than the performing.

“We perform every night, we play shows all the time,” Kelley said. “We don’t read that much these days. No, I’m just kidding, but when (the teleprompter is) moving that fast, you’ve gotta keep up.”

Florida Georgia Line is nominated for vocal duo of the year at this year’s CMA Awards, which will air live from Nashville on Wednesday night (Nov. 4).

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