You voted and Sirius XM listened. And they listened to the tune of crowning a country music act as the Sirius XM Artist of the Year. Congratulations to Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line for their latest resumé bullet!
— SiriusXM (@SIRIUSXM) December 18, 2014
What does this mean? The glaring message here is that country music’s acceptance has become more widespread than ever, considering Florida Georgia Line beat out the following top billing acts: Tiesto, The Black Keys, Hozier, OneRepublic, Katy Perry, Beyonce, and Rick Ross.
While we realize that there are varying opinions on whether Florida Georgia Line is country or in the business of straddling more than state borders, the fact is Kelley and Hubbard have solidified their places in the genre, planting their roots in its dirt. With that being said, the two have done a stellar job collecting fan groups across music, as a whole, and writing their story in the history books of their art; not just one corner of its world.
To that end, we congratulate Brian Kelly and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line on yet another honor they can scribe into their personal diaries of 2014. They are hardworking hit makers who are deserving of all the accolades they receive.