Florida Georgia Line Talk Grammys: 'Timing Is Everything'

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Country powerhouse duo Florida Georgia Line has been dominating the sound of the style for eight years and setting historic data in gross sales, airplay and streaming, and so they’ve lastly landed a coveted acknowledgement from the Recording Academy with their first-ever Grammy nomination.

The two are nominated with pop singer Bebe Rexha for greatest nation duo/group efficiency for his or her chart-busting hit of the yr, “Meant to Be.” It’s been an extended street since their debut in 2012, largely paved with a string of multi-platinum radio hits like “Cruise,” ″H.O.L.Y.” and “This Is How We Roll,” however they are saying the timing is excellent.

“We have a lot respect for the Grammys and, you recognize what, I wouldn’t say it’s overdue,” Brian Kelley, 33, stated in a telephone interview from Las Vegas, the place they only wrapped a residency. “I believe timing is the whole lot and this timing is ideal. We’re tremendous grateful and humble to be nominated. ‘Meant to Be’ has taken us on a loopy, loopy, loopy trip.”

“It type of looks like we’re the brand new youngsters on the block once more,” stated Tyler Hubbard, 31.

Their competitors on the Grammys embody Dan + Shay’s mega-hit “Tequila”; Little Big Town’s “When Someone Stops Loving You”; Brothers Osborne’s “Shoot Me Straight”; and Maren Morris and Vince Gill’s “Dear Hate.”

Some have been stunned that the ever-present “Meant to Be” solely garnered one nomination, and was shut out of classes like file of the yr, tune of the yr and greatest nation tune. But the duo isn’t targeted on that.

“Regardless of what occurs, we all know it’s going to be an excellent evening. We’ve already type of received in our books,” Hubbard stated.

While they’ve spent a lot of the previous yr relishing within the success of “Meant to Be,” which spent a historic 50 consecutive weeks on the prime of Billboard’s Hot nation songs chart, they're keen to begin 2019 with new music. Their fourth album, “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country,” will drop on Feb. 15, simply days after they attend their first Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.

The album title appears to solidify their place as firmly entrenched within the style, whilst they collaborate usually with pop artists and incorporate these sounds into their data. The new album will embody songs with their outdated pals and previous tour mates Jason Aldean and Jason Derulo.

“It’s a number of good nation songs and a number of good songs just like those we grew up on,” Hubbard stated. “Kinda extra of a ’90s conventional nation really feel on fairly just a few of the songs.”

Hubbard additionally addressed each the criticism and assist he’s obtained since posting Instagram movies earlier this month saying his assist for a marketing campaign to name on Congress to enact common background checks on firearm gross sales. Hubbard tagged different nation musicians in his submit asking them to additionally assist the marketing campaign organized by Blake Mycoskie, founding father of TOMS shoe firm. Country stars like Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum and Karen Fairchild have shared their assist for the marketing campaign as effectively.

“I’d wish to see extra assist to be sincere,” Hubbard stated. “I wish to see extra of my pals talking up about it.”

Hubbard stated that he understands there’s no easy answer to curbing gun violence, however this marketing campaign felt like a great way to begin. However, since his movies have been posted, Florida Georgia Line’s social media accounts have been inundated by pro-gun supporters criticizing him.

“Lots of people misinterpreted my movies, which is to be anticipated,” stated Hubbard, who says he's a proud gun proprietor and likes to shoot. “I'm not completely stunned by that, however on the similar time, I want folks may hear my coronary heart and I want that they may hear what we’re actually attempting to do right here.”

Hubbard stated that he understands the reluctance of artists to speak a couple of politically charged matter like gun management.

“I do know folks particularly in our style are petrified of that,” Hubbard stated. “I don’t suppose there’s something to be petrified of. I believe if we hold attempting to play it protected, we’re going to stay in a world that's unsafe. So I’d relatively be dangerous, take probabilities and speak in regards to the uncomfortable conversations and let’s make some change.”