Best: Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys Strike Nostalgic Gold
It was not a surprise that Florida Georgia Line teamed up with Backstreet Boys at the ACM Awards for a one-two combo of FGL's current single, the earnest ballad "God, Your Mama and Me," and BSB's 1997 classic "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." The pop vocal quintet is featured on the former – which currently resides in the Top 20 – and the two groups have performed the latter together at least twice before, at last fall's iHeartRadio festival and at FGL's Nashville show a few weeks later. The love runs so deep between the groups that they will play several stadium shows together this summer.
What was a bit of shock was to see how much "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" electrified the A-list front row at the awards – including Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Maren Morris. In fact, the entire audience of fans in the T-Mobile Arena seemed to be singing along to every "Backstreet's back, alright!" and dancing as if no one was watching. Except millions of people were. And let's face it, many of those people at home were doing the same thing, helpless in the face of the twin powers of nostalgia and an indelible Max Martin hook. F.C.A.