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Bebe Rexha Awarded the ACM Music Event of the Decade Award for Florida Georgia Line Collaboration, “Meant to Be”

Bebe Rexha
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The Academy of Country Music® announced Warner Records artist Bebe Rexha as an additional recipient of the ACM Music Event of the Decade Award for “Meant to Be” featuring Florida Georgia Line. Rexha received her award in a surprise backstage presentation last night (10/20) at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA while on tour with the Jonas Brothers’ HAPPINESS BEGINS TOUR. Florida Georgia Line also received the ACM Music Event of the DecadeAward for “Meant to Be” in a surprise presentation during their final stop on their CAN’T SAY I AIN’T COUNTRY TOUR on September 28. 

With this win, Bebe Rexha joins the string of the seven all-new ACM Decade Award categories, including most recently announced ACM Music Event of the Decade Award, ACM Breakout Artist of the Decade Award, ACM Single of the Decade Award recipients Florida Georgia Line, ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade Award recipientChris Stapleton,ACM Songwriter of the Decade Award recipient Rhett Akins and ACM Song of the Decade Award recipients Miranda Lambert, and songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, for “The House That Built Me.” 

The ACM Music Event of the Decade Award recognizes a recording performed by artists who do not regularly perform together that has impacted country music over the decade. The factors considered include success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.  

“Bebe’s an artist who proves that music has no limitations. Artist collaborations are one of the biggest creative forces in all genres of music today. So when you put two artists like Bebe and FGL together, you’re going to get a great hit song and we are so thrilled to be able to recognize that,” said RAC Clark, ACM Interim Executive Director.

Singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha has accumulated more than 12 million overall single sales, over 6 billion total global streams and a radio audience of more than 10 billion. Continuing to rule the charts, the 8X PLATINUM, #1 collaboration “Meant to Be” featuring Florida Georgia Line reigned atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 50 weeks straight. Rexha received her first-ever ACM nominations in 2018, with a total of 4 nods for ACM Song of the Year, ACM Single of the Year and ACM Music Event of the Year.  With this recognition, Rexha receives her first-ever ACM Award.

The ACM Decade Awards were ratified by the ACM Board of Directors, following a stringent examination by more than 20 Board members and the ACM Special Awards Committee co-chaired by Chuck Aly and Kelly Rich – from the full spectrum of creative and commercial aspects of the genre – of the most influential projects over the past decade of country music. Like the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade honor recognizing Jason Aldean in April, these awards will be presented only every ten years. The recipient of the remaining category ACM Album of the Decade Award will be announced in the coming weeks.  

As previously announced during the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award was presented to Jason Aldean.  The 14-time ACM Award® winner has dominated country music over the decade, through success at radio, digital media, sales and streaming, distinguishing events, touring, television appearances, and artistic merit. He joins only five other honorees that have received the Artist of the Decade Award, which include Marty Robbins in 1969, Loretta Lynn in 1979, Alabama in 1988, Garth Brooks in 1998 and George Strait in 2008. This Award was renamed the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award after Clark passed away in 2012, in recognition of his many years as the ACM Awards producer and early host.

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