By Angela Stefano theboot.com
Florida Georgia Line took home Top Country Artist — the top country prize — at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 17), but they weren’t the night’s only country winners.
Brett Eldredge helped present Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard with the trophy.
“Oh man, this is really unexpected” Kelley said from stage, with Hubbard adding, “Thank you for giving us the best job in the entire world.”
FGL were also nominated twice in the Top Country Song category, and in the all-genre Top Duo/Group category.
Jason Aldean, who earned nominations in each of the awards show’s three country music categories, won Top Country Album and Top Country Song. Carrie Underwood‘s “Something in the Water” also took home the Top Christian Song award. None of these three awards were presented during the awards show broadcast.
Country-turned-pop superstar Taylor Swift, who led the pack of BBMAs finalists, with 14 nominations in 13 categories, won numerous awards throughout the evening as well, including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Hot 100 Artist and the fan-voted Billboard Chart Achievement Award.
Other nominated country artists included Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert and Sam Hunt. See a complete list of country winners at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards below.
2015 Billboard Music Awards Country Finalists
Top Country Artist
Florida Georgia Line — WINNER
Top Country Album
Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt — WINNER
Garth Brooks, Man Against Machine
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Brantley Gilbert, Just as I Am
Miranda Lambert, Platinum
Top Country Song
Jason Aldean, “Burnin’ It Down” — WINNER
Luke Bryan, “Play It Again”
Sam Hunt, “Leave the Night On”
Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, “This Is How We Roll”
Florida Georgia Line, “Dirt”
Top Christian Song
Francesca Battistelli, “He Knows My Name”
Hillsong United, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
Newsboys, “We Believe”
Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water” — WINNER
5 Seconds of Summer
Florida Georgia Line
One Direction — WINNER