Unfortunately for Florida Georgia Line, somebody had to perform after Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake during the 49th Annual CMA Awards. Personally, I think they should’ve stopped the show after Chris and JT, lined the awards up on the stage and told everyone they could accept their award on their own.
But, it didn’t work like that. Three-time Vocal Duo of the Year, Florida Georgia Line, boldly took the stage– one sporting a man-bun, the other in a really, really long necklace and sang their latest single, “Confession” in a fake church to a crowd still mesmerized by what they had witnessed just minutes before.
The boys did well enough, but if you have to follow a superstar giving birth to another superstar, most bets are off.
Rolling Stone Country went as far as saying Florida Georgia Line actually performed at bro country’s funeral, “But it was a death sentence for bro country and, specifically, Florida Georgia Line, who took the stage next for new single ‘Confession’ — a syrupy bit of try-hard earnestness that, on the heels of a real-deal R&B ballad, was tone deaf, and not just in terms of the music.”
In response to their critics, man-bun wearer, Tyler Hubbard spoke up for the duo and asked the age-old question, “Why you gotta be so mean?”
Honestly, I think Tyler and Brian Kelley were/are two of the only guys in the stratosphere confident enough in what they are doing and the music they are making to even think about getting on that stage after Chris Stapleton. And if they did just seal the coffin on bro country, they’ll just resurrect themselves in a different light.
Image Source: CMA