Three weeks before the big awards ceremony is set to take place, the Academy of Country Music is already handing out awards! A few weeks ago, the winners of the radio ACM Awards were announced, which included National On-Air Personality, Major Market On-Air Personality, Large Market, Medium Market, and Small Market, as well as radio stations for each market.
Now, in a very special way, the ACMs announced the winners for the new artist awards - New Female Artist of the Year, New Male Artist of the Year, and New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year.
Each winner received a phone call from the host of this year's ceremony, Reba McEntire, informing them they had won the new artist award, and each had different, yet priceless reactions.
Lauren Alaina beat out fellow nominees RaeLynn, Carly Pearce, and Danielle Bradbery for New Female Vocalist of the Year, while Brett Young took home New Male Vocalist of the Year over Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Devin Dawson, and Russell Dickerson. Between High Valley, LANCO, LOCASH, Midland, and Runaway June, New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year went to Midland.
Luckily, someone filmed each of the phone calls, so we got genuine reactions from all the award winners! Lauren Alaina was putting on makeup on her bus when she got the call and immediately burst into tears. Watch her emotional reaction below.
Over the weekend @Reba called the ACM New Artist of the Year winners to let them know they had won! Let’s just say our New Female Vocalist of the Year had us all in tears. Congrats @Lauren_Alaina! #ACMawards10:31 AM - Mar 26, 2018
Brett Young was completely surprised by McEntire's phone call, and announcement, and even told the country legend to, "Stop it!" Watch his reaction below.
Midland thought they were being punk'd and didn't believe that they were really speaking to McEntire on the phone, let alone winning an ACM Award! Once it sunk in, the three band members embraced and were speechless. Check out their reaction below.