April 02, 2017 09:15 PM

This story originally appeared on EW.com.

Immediately before accepting her new female vocalist of the year, Maren Morris took the ACM Awards stage at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena to perform “I Could Use a Love Song,” off her 2016 breakthrough album Hero.

“Thank you to the fans and country radio for this amazing honor,” the 26-year-old singer-songwriter told the audience after her performance.

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Morris’ performance was another high point in her rapid ascent since Hero‘s release nearly a year ago. And Morris’ new female vocalist win kicked off what could be a massive ACM Awards for her: she’s also up for album of the year and female vocalist of the year.

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