Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Cruise’ is country single of the year

Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Cruise’ is country single of the year

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, right, of musical group Florida Georgia Line, and Joey Moi pose backstage with the award for single of the year for "Cruise" at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Nashville, Tenn. Photo: Associated Press/Evan Agostini/Invision

Florida Georgia Line became the first big winners at the Country Music Associations Awards in Nashville when their hit song “Cruise” was named single of the year.

The duo, who helped Luke Bryan open the show from the Bridgestone Arena, beat out Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Tim McGraw and Kasey Musgraves to win the night’s first honor.

Lee Brice was also an early winner – his “I Drive Your Truck” was named Song of the Year.

McGraw’s collaboration with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care”, might have lost out in the Single of the Year category, but the trio was a pre-ceremony winner, picking up Music Video of the Year and Musical Event of the Year awards hours before the prizegiving.

Swift was also an early winner when she was named only the second artist ever to be presented with the Pinnacle Award, which recognizes musicians who have made a significant impact on the industry.

PHOTOS: Taylor Swift’s Exes

Meanwhile, Musgraves, who was one of the first performers at the 2013 CMAs, had censors on the alert as she sang about same-sex kissing and smoking weed at the ceremony.

The live telecast sound was cut and cameras pulled away from the pretty singer’s face as she sang “When the straight and narrow gets a little too straight, roll up a joint, I would” in her hit song “Follow Your Arrow.”

The full list of winners at the 2013 Country Music Association Awards is:
Entertainer of the Year: George Strait
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Album of the Year: “Based on a True Story” by Blake Shelton
Single of the Year: “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line
Song of the Year: “I Drive Your Truck” by Lee Brice
Musical Event of the Year: “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Music Video of the Year: “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
New Artist of the Year: Kacey Musgraves
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally
Pinnacle Award: Taylor Swift
Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award: Kenny Rogers

Latest News

in Music

Paul McCartney explains his name


McCartney's given name is James Paul McCartney, and his father has the same name.

in Music

Jack’s Mannequin reuniting for anniversary tour


All members of the original Jack's Mannequin line-up have signed up to go on the U.S. tour, which will hit up 10 cities starting on New Year's Eve.

in Entertainment

MOVIES: 25 Days of Christmas Films

Bad Santa

Get into the holiday spirit with these festive films!

in Lifestyle, National

How holiday shopping mania led to Giving Tuesday


If you end up with a massive money hangover after the five-day holiday shopping mania that stretches from Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the antidote is Giving Tuesday.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: Automatic sliding doors are awesome, kid


When you're this young, even a trip to the grocery store can blow your mind.