2019 ACM Awards early winners: Ashley McBryde, Luke Combs and LANCO are the best new artists of the year

The 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards aren’t until Sunday, April 7, but they have already announced their first winners. Ashley McBryde, Luke Combs and LANCO are the best new artists of the year and will perform during the telecast on CBS.

McBryde claims New Female Artist of the Year, defeating Carly Pearce, Danielle Bradbery and Lindsay Ell. This is her first ACM victory, and by winning this award she follows in the footsteps of Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, among others who have claimed this award in the past.

Combs wins New Male Vocalist of the Year against his rivals Jordan Davis, Michael Ray, Jimmie Allen and Mitchell Tenpenny. Past winners of this prize include the likes of Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean and Chris Stapleton. This was actually Combs’s second straight nomination in this category, but this is his first win.

LANCO are the New Duo or Group of the Year, overtaking Runaway June and High Valley. Past champs include Dixie Chicks, Sugarland, Little Big Town and Lady Antebellum. LANCO were nominated twice last year — Group of the Year and New Duo or Group of the Year — but this is their first ACM victory.

McBryde, Combs and LANCO are all up for additional awards at the April 7 telecast: Female Artist, Male Artist and Group of the Year, respectively. And they join a list of previously announced performers including Dierks Bentley, Brooks and Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Dan and Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Stapleton and George Strait along with Artist of the Decade Award honoree Aldean.

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