Alaina, Midland, Young take ACM honors
Monday, March 26, 2018
– Lauren Alaina, Midland and Brett Young were named New Female Vocalist of the Year, New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year and New Male Vocalist of the Year, respectively today by the Academy of Country Music.
The winners received a surprise phone call from 53rd ACM Awards host Reba McEntire notifying them of the news. All won for the first time. Alaina is 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."
"I was blown away when I got the call from Reba. Winning an ACM Award is something every country artist dreams about," Young said. "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."
The three will perform on the ACM Awards, to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15 at 8 p.m. eastern on CBS.
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