With the 2013 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA finalists Florida Georgia Line to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught their ears during the past 12 months.
Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly have seen their first two chart hits, "Cruise" and "Get Your Shine On," top the Country Airplay chart. The duo's song "Cruise" is a finalist for the 2013 Billboard Music Award for Top Country Song.
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Looking back on the past year, what was the highlight for you?
Tyler Hubbard: Winning our first award at the Academy of Country Music Awards was pretty epic.
What song really made an impact on you this year?
Brian Kelly: We're big fans of "I Drive Your Truck" by Lee Brice. It's one of the best country songs we've heard in a long time. It's an amazingly written song.
Hubbard: I lost my dad when I was 20 and so it just really hits home.
What new talent emerged or came into his or her own this year that blew you away?
Kelly: Somebody outside of country music that I found out about a couple of months ago was Ed Sheeran. I love his sound because he can do so many different things. One second he's singing, and the next second he's kind of rapping. I'm a big fan.
What was your favorite music-related meme or viral video this year?
Kelly: We got a lot of laughs out of the Taylor Swift [goat] video. I don't know if we had a favorite, but I know that was one of them.
What music trend hurts your ears?
Hubbard: Man, I've never been a huge fan of techno, or the whole . . . what's the Skrillex kind of music? That stuff took some time to grow on me—the dubstep, techno vibe. But I'm really starting to get used to it and like it now.