Lauren Alaina, Midland and Brett Young are all early winners at next month's ACM Awards taking home New Female Vocalist, New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, and New Male Vocalist of the Year, respectively. The winners received a surprise phone call from 53rd ACM Awards host Reba McEntire sharing the good news. Lauren, Midland, and Brett have also all been added as performers on the ACM Awards, which will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15th at 8 p.m. ET/delayed PT on CBS.

An emotional Lauren was on her tour bus getting ready for a show in Kentucky when she got the call from Reba. Lauren tells us: “While I’m sitting there getting ready on the bus, (my manager) Trisha’s phone rings, which I mean I’m just getting ready, not paying any attention. She’s talking on the phone and she says, ‘Okay, here she is. Lauren, there’s a call for you.’ She puts it on speaker, and I’m like, ‘Hello.’ And it sounds like Reba! She says, ‘Tell me where you are,’ and I’m like, ‘I’m in Kentucky. Who is this?’ She said, ‘It’s Reba McEntire calling to tell you you’ve won the ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year.’ And I’m like, I can’t still even form words. Honest-to-God, it’s the most speechless I’ve ever been. Like, I was on the phone with Reba McEntire and could not formulate words. Like I was really feeling dumb, but I sobbed. I’ve cried ever since. It’s the biggest deal ever, and it’s just an accomplishment because my peers voted for it and the people that I respect in this industry voted for it. It’s like a different level of confirmation or something.”

Brett said, “I was blown away when I got the call from Reba. Winning an ACM Award is something every Country artist dreams about. It’s an absolute honor to receive this award in a category of incredible artists, and I’m so thankful to the ACM and my fans for making this a reality.”

These awards mark the first-ever ACM Awards wins for Lauren, Midland and Brett. Lauren is also nominated for Vocal Event of the Year for “What Ifs” with Kane Brown, and Midland is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year and Single Record of the Year for “Drinkin’ Problem.”

Tickets to the ACM Awards are now on sale at axs.com.

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