FOX has confirmed with us that the superstar duo Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard will be the new hosts of the inaugural television broadcast of the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS, airing live Monday, Dec. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
The show will be broadcast live from the Music City Center in Nashville, TN, the two-hour show will honor the year’s best country music with awards, performances, special moments and additional surprises. Country music’s biggest stars will celebrate and pay tribute to the first-ever “NASH Icons” award winner.
The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” which is distributed by the Westwood One division of Cumulus and currently celebrating its 41st year. Launched in 1973, the radio show now airs on more than 280 radio stations in 155 markets, covering 90% of the country.
“Brian and Tyler are incredible artists and friends with undeniable chemistry that will make them the perfect hosts for the first-ever AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS,” said Mark Bracco, EVP, Programing and Development, dick clark productions.
Florida Georgia Line is continuing their record-breaking momentum with Gold-certified “Dirt,” the lead single from their highly anticipated sophomore album “Anything Goes,” slated for release on Tuesday, Oct. 14 (Republic Nashville). Already dominating with a No. 1 debut on the Country Digital Singles chart, “Dirt” shot to No. 1 on both the iTunes all-genre and Country charts in the U.S. and Canada, while also sitting atop the Country chart in Australia shortly after release. Exploding onto Country radio, Top 10-and-climbing “Dirt” earned the highest one-week add total in Country Aircheck history, in addition to rave reviews from critics nationwide embracing FGL’s fresh sound. Inspired by the emotionally fueled song, the superstar duo recently launched the Dirt Campaign, partnering with the fundraising platform Omaze to benefit Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit, which creates affordable housing for low-income families.
Amassing international appeal, FGL skyrocketed across genres with four consecutive, multi-week No. 1 smashes – Platinum-certified hits “Stay,” “Get Your Shine On,” “Round Here” and multi-Platinum “Cruise,” making them the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving this accolade. Breaking the record for the longest No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, “Cruise” has sold more than eight million downloads and is the best-selling digital Country single of all time (SoundScan).
Producer Joey Moi is once again at the helm of the new music, following up FGL’s two-time Platinum debut “Here’s To The Good Times,” which has tallied over 17.6 million tracks sold worldwide. FGL penned more than half of the tracks on the project, including the BMI Pop Award-winning “Cruise” Remix and Platinum-certified TEEN CHOICE Award winner for Choice Country Song, “This Is How We Roll,” featuring Luke Bryan, the remix of which also features Jason Derulo. The duo has previously taken home ACA, AMA, ACM, Billboard, CMA and CMT Awards.