Luke Combs, Ashley McBryde, LANCO win ACM new artists awards

Luke Combs, Ashley McBryde, LANCO win ACM new artists awards
FILE - This Sept. 10, 2018 file photo shows members of the band LANCO on the field before a NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the New York Jets in Detroit. The Academy of Country Music named LANCO as best new group of the year. The group of five released their first album “Hallelujah Nights” last year on Arista Nashville. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country artists Luke Combs, Ashley McBryde and LANCO get to attend the ACM Awards in Las Vegas next month knowing they are already winners.

The Academy of Country Music posted videos on Twitter on Monday of Carrie Underwood calling to congratulate each artist. Combs won new male artist, McBryde won new female artist and LANCO won new group of the year.

Combs’ 2017 debut “This One’s for You” is double platinum and his first five singles hit No. 1 on Billboard’s country airplay chart. McBryde released her first major label record on Warner Music Nashville last year called “Girl Going Nowhere,” while LANCO, a group of five, released their first album “Hallelujah Nights” last year on Arista Nashville.

The ACM Awards will air on April 7 on CBS.