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Rascal Flatts was honored for their outstanding year and contributions to the current country music scene at a Mardi Gras-style party at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tuesday, Feb. 20.

The event was billed as “Flatts Tuesday,” a takeoff on the “Fat Tuesday” term for Mardi Gras, and featured an official proclamation from the Nashville Mayor’s Office and a welcoming speech from Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn. “I’m not surprised at the success they’ve had,” Kix declared. “They’ve got hearts as big as this building and more talent than we can talk about.” Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus told the crowd of music industry executives and media, “We take very seriously the art of making music and try to put a lot of hard work and dedication into our albums.” The group was the best-selling act of all genres of music in 2006, and their album Me and My Gang has now sold more than 3.7 million copies. The album has already produced two chart-topping singles, “What Hurts the Most” and “My Wish.”

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