The 51st Annual ACM Awards don’t take place for a little more than a week, but we already know who’ll take home three of the major trophies. The Academy of Country Music announced the winners in its newcomer categories on Wednesday. Kelsea Ballerini is New Female Artist of the Year, while Chris Stapleton and Old Dominion take home the New Male and New Duo/Group titles.
“Yesterday, I got a phone call from my friend Bob Romeo who let me know that I won my first ACM award for New Female artist,” she said, mentioning the ACM CEO. “I don’t even know what to say, so for now I will just say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. For making not only my dreams come true, but for making all of the people around me who work so hard have so many beautiful moments to celebrate. Here is my reaction to the call. Keeping it calm, as always.”
Previously, these three awards were fan-voted, but this year, the ACM decided to include these categories on the regular ballot. You can watch the 51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards live from Las Vegas Sunday, April 3 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
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— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) March 23, 2016