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FGL's Tyler Hubbard And Wife Expecting Baby Boy

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard used the duo's appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday (Thursday, February 21st) as a great opportunity to reveal the gender of his baby, who is due later this summer. Tyler was joined by his wife, Hayley, along with Brian Kelley and his wife, Brittney. Together, Brian and Ellen pushed a big red button which shot out blue confetti and flashed a sign that read, "It's a boy!"

Tyler and Hayley looked surprised and thrilled with the news.

Baby boy Hubbard is set to join his one-year-old big sister, Olivia, in August.

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Chris Stapleton's Album Nods, Wins Are Most Meaningful

Chris Stapleton is tied with Dan + Shay for most nominations -- six apiece -- at the upcoming ACM Awards. Among Chris' nods are Entertainer, Song of the Year, Male Artist and Album of the Year for From A Room: Volume 2.

While Chris is grateful for every single trophy he's nominated for or wins, he tells us he has a special affinity for the Album categories "They are all significant and if you get one award for anything it’s a treat. But any of the awards that awarded the album, the album awards, because I really wanted to make an album that was good. I wanted it, I wanted that to be a thing, again, more than I wanted it to be, ‘Well here’s the single and eight other songs.’ So, the album awards for me were important in that we did our job in a good way, you know. Just I have such an affinity for albums that I don’t know if I want those more or if they mean more, but they are all meaningful. They are all are things that one of them would feel like a career. One of them. Any one of them."

The ACM Awards will be held on Sunday, April 7th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show, hosted by Reba McEntire, will air live on CBS.

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Dierks Bentley Brings 'Burning Man' Tour To Nashville Tonight

Dierks Bentley is bringing his Burning Man tour to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena tonight (Friday, February 22nd). While every single show he plays is important, Dierks tells us this one in particular is at the top of the list. "I mean, it's such a big deal. I feel like I go out there on the road and no matter what gig I'm playing, play it like it's Bridgestone. Go out there and just like play it like it's your hometown show and give every show all you got, but it's like this is Bridgestone! The guys I know that work on my truck are gonna be there. My daughter's piano teacher will be in the crowd, and like our doctor, the pediatrician's gonna be there (laughs) and all my buddies and so there's that factor to it. There's the fact a lot of fans travel from all over the country just to come to this one show. I'm also really looking forward to the the (Hot Country) Knights playing. I mean, doing like the Hot Country Knights in my hometown is gonna be so ridiculous."

In addition to his 90s country tribute band, Hot Country Knights, Dierks will be joined by Jon Pardi and newcomer Tenille Townes.

Brooks & Dunn Reveal Jon Pardi Track On 'Reboot'

Brooks & Dunn have finally revealed the track listing for their upcoming album, Reboot, and they're sharing an early listen to the song they recorded with Jon Pardi. The legendary duo were joined by the likes of Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, LANCO, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Midland, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi, Tyler Booth and Kacey Musgraves on 12 of their hit songs. Reboot will be released on April 5th.

Brooks & Dunn's latest track reveal is Jon's take on "My Next Broken Heart." Kix Brooks said, "What’s really intriguing to me is that we didn’t do any production meetings about how we might cut these things. We kind of just went in, and it morphed in the process."

Ronnie Dunn added, "Each artist came at it from a different angle. When Jon Pardi walked in, he said ‘I’m in, but we’re not changing anything,’ and we didn’t musically, but his vocal speaks for itself."

Brooks & Dunn return to Las Vegas for a string of performances at The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace in June.

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Maren Morris Speaks To 'Social Media Monster Insta Culture' With 'Girl'

Maren Morris loves the relationship she has with fans thanks to social media, but she admits it's a double-edged sword. Maren tells us that even she sometimes has to take a break from the fantasy world of Instagram and the like because of the negative impact it has on her, which she speaks to in her latest single, "Girl." "Yeah, I mean Instagram, Twitter, that's all . . . it's the highlight reel. I mean, just every good thing that ever happened to you is just shoved in people's faces. I mean, I've had times where I just have to like log off and not pay such close attention because when it starts to affect the way that I act to the people I love or even the songs I write it's a problem, but, yeah, the song definitely addresses this sort of social media monster Insta culture that we all live in the fishbowl of."

Maren releases a new song called "The Bones" today (Friday, February 22nd) for those who pre-order her new album, Girl, which will be released on March 8th, which is International Women’s Day.

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Bits And Pieces: Garth Brooks & George Strait

Garth Brooks will be honored with the Artist of the Decade award at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, airing on March 14th on Fox beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Other honors that night include Alicia Keys, who will receive the iHeartRadio Innovator Award, and Halsey, who takes home the iHeartRadio Fangirls Award presented by L'Oréal Paris.

George Strait has released the lyric video for his new single, "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar." It's the debut single from George's upcoming album, and he co-wrote it with his son, Bubba Strait, and longtime collaborator Dean Dillon.

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