Lambert, Florida Georgia Line score 2 wins at CMTs
FILE - This April 7, 2013 file photo shows Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of the musical group Florida Georgia Line at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Florida Georgia Line thought they were riding the whirlwind when their first single improbably made it to the top of the country charts late last year. Now that rapper Nelly has entered the picture and "Cruise" is rocketing up the pop charts, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have discovered _ like Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and a few other country acts over the years _ there's nothing like the ride of a crossover hit. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP, file)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In Music City, they say it's all about the song. Florida Georgia Line is learning the truth in that statement.
The duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley took the early lead with Miranda Lambert at the CMT Music Awards midway through Wednesday night's show on the strength of their hit, "Cruise." FGL won breakthrough video and duo video of the year and were slated later for the night's most-talked-about performance with rapper Nelly.
"This is a little overwhelming," Kelley said. "We've got the best fans in the world. You guys are freaking amazing."
The breezy, easy-grooving "Cruise" pushed the duo to country stardom last year. Their remix with Nelly moved into the top five on Billboard's Hot 100 pop songs list this week, making it the rare country crossover hit and an early candidate for song of the summer.
Miranda Lambert accepts the award for CMT performance of the year for "Over You" from "2012 CMT Artists of the Year" at the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP)
Lambert won female video of the year for "Mama's Broken Heart" and CMT performance video of the year for "Over You," recorded during the 2012 "CMT Artist of the Year" broadcast.
"I just got a kiss from Lenny Kravitz," Lambert said as she took the stage for her second trophy. "That was an award in itself."
Much of the early focus of the show was on country's biggest male star, Jason Aldean. Making his first appearance as an awards show co-host, he kicked off the show by playing "American Woman" with Kravitz, got hosting tips from an unlikely cast of characters that included Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Kelsey Grammer, Vince Vaughn, Lorraine Bracco and Luke Bryan.