Congratulations are in order for Brett Young, Lauren Alaina and Midland: The three up-and-coming acts are early 2018 ACM Awards winners!

Young is 2018's ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year, Alaina is this year's New Female Vocalist of the Year, and Midland are the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year for 2018. This year's ACM Awards host, Reba McEntire called all three winners to share the exciting news; Midland at first weren't convinced it was actually McEntire on the other end of the line, while Young was excited, if reserved and Alaina dissolved into tears behind her makeup kit.

"Honey, I'm so proud for you," McEntire tells a speechless Alaina. "You guys have worked so hard, and this is what our business needs: more like you."

Other nominees in the ACM Awards' new artist of the year categories included Luke Combs, Carly Pearce and Lanco. Alaina is also nominated for Vocal Event of the Year, while Midland are in the running for Vocal Group of the Year and Single Record of the Year.

The 2018 ACM Awards are set to take place in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 15, and air live on CBS beginning at 8PM ET. The ceremony will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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