The best selling Country group of the new Millennium, Rascal Flatts, was honored with the “Decade Award” by the American Country Awards this week during a live broadcast on Fox from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. This award recognizes the band for their contributions to Country Music in the past ten years.
In other great news, Rascal Flatts’ debut single on Big Machine Records, “Why Wait,” topped the Billboard Country Singles & USA Today/Country Aircheck charts today and becomes their 12th career No. 1 single.
Since their musical debut in 2000, Rascal Flatts - Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney - has sold 20 million albums and 25 million digital downloads. The band has delivered 12 No. 1 singles to the top of the chart and has more titles in Billboard’s Top 100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format. With the No. 1 debut of their new CD, Nothing Like This, Rascal Flatts is the most awarded Country group of the decade with nearly 40 trophies from the American Country Awards, Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People’s Choice Awards and more.
Gary, Jay and Joe Don have also raised more than $3 million dollars in the past few years for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, and the hospital recently named its pediatric Surgery Center after the group - the “Rascal Flatts Surgery Center.”