Daughter #4 for Zac Brown!

Zac Brown and his wife Shelly are now the proud parents of a fourth daughter!

The couple welcomed Joni Mason Brown, weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces, into the family the morning of February 2. She was born at the couple’s Atlanta-area home.

Joni Mason has three older sisters: Justice, 4, Lucy, 2, and Georgia, 1. And if Dad Zac has his druthers, baby No. 5 won’t be far behind. “We’re just gonna keep on going until we get a boy,” Zac, who is one of 12 kids in his family, told The Boot. “If that’s 13, then I doubt I’m gonna be able to pull that off, but we’ll see.”

Joni also will reportedly have a new member of her extended ZBB family soon, when fiddle player Jimmy De Martini and his wife have their new baby. No word yet on when that happy arrival is expected.

The year is already off to a great start for the Zac Brown Band. Last year’s Best New Artist Grammy winners are up for five Academy of Country Music awards. Four of Zac’s individual nods are for co-writing and producing the No. 1 hit, ‘As She’s Walking Away, which features guest vocals by Alan Jackson. (Watch the band perform the tune live in our studio below.) The song is off the album, ‘You Get What You Give,’ which also features guest artists Jimmy Buffett and bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice.

The ZBB will hit the road again in March for a long line of shows, including stops in Houston, Baton Rouge and Philadelphia.

Miranda Lambert Enjoying ‘Friendly’ Awards Competition with Blake Shelton

Before Miranda Lambert and her fiance Blake Shelton come together as husband and wife this spring, the couple are going to battle it out for the Academy of Country Music’s video of the year award.

“No matter what it is – awards or No. 1’s, skeet shooting or fishing – there’s always good, friendly competition between us,” Lambert said after helping announce the nominations Tuesday on CBS’s The Early Show.

Added Lambert, 27, with a laugh, “Sometimes it’s not so friendly!”

Lambert may have an edge over her fiancé in the video of the year category: She has two videos – “Only Prettier” and “The House That Built Me” – nominated, while Shelton’s “Hillbilly Bone” got one nod.

Overall, Lambert leads the ACM nominations with seven total, including entertainer of the year. But despite the accolades, including the upcoming Grammy Awards, it’s her wedding day she’s most anticipating.

“We’re really busy,” she said of squeezing wedding planning into her schedule. “I still have a few months to go but there’s a lot going on. I’m excited about all of it, and I’m excited to get married.”

“The anticipation of it all is a lot,” she said. “I’m kind of ready to say, ‘Okay, let’s have this wedding and be married.’ ”

Meanwhile, Shelton is “really excited about co-hosting the ACM Awards with Reba [McEntire],” Lambert said, noting her fiancé’s mischievous personality.

“I’m not nervous for him,” she said. “I’m nervous for Reba and the audience. You don’t have any idea what he might say and it’s a live show. They definitely need that five second delay.”

FIRST PIC: See Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban’s Baby Faith Margaret!

Portrait of a baby!

On the red carpet at Sunday’s SAG Awards, Keith Urban did what most parents do: He shared a pic of his brand-new daughter with Nicole Kidman, Faith Margaret — on his iPhone!

“She looks just like [Nicole], don’t you think?” the country crooner, 43, asked reporters.

Born via surrogate, the couple’s second child together is just one month old. (She joins big sister Sunday Rose, 2.)

“It is beyond thrilling!” Kidman, 43, told  at the SAGs.

The Rabbit Hole actress explained how they chose their little girl’s name to E!’s Guiliana Rancic: “We needed to have that through the whole pregnancy. That’s what it required — a lot of faith.”

Nicole Kidman Opens Up About New Baby Faith

Two weeks after announcing the arrival of their new baby girl, Nicole Kidman, 43, is opening up about her family’s newest addition.

Although Kidman and husband Keith Urban kept their lips sealed at the Golden Globes two weeks ago, the couple had just welcomed Faith Margaret via surrogate on December 28.

“I wanted to be able to tell everybody because I was so excited about her,” Kidman told E!’s Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. “But at the same time we just decided that this was about being together.”

As for choosing Faith as the name, the Rabbit Hole star said it was a natural choice. “We needed to have that through the whole pregnancy,” she said. “That’s what it required — a lot of faith.”

Rep: Carrie Underwood Is Not Pregnant!

Stop the rumor mill!

Although Star magazine reported that the country singer, 27, is two months along, Carrie Underwood‘s rep insists it is not true.

“Carrie is not pregnant,” her rep confirms.

In fact, Underwood says she’s holding off on babies — at least for 2011. “Everybody, like, is on this baby bandwagon, I don’t know what the deal is,” the singer told Us in December. “But I would really like to figure out what it’s like to be married first, and I know he would too.”

Underwood wed Ottawa Senators player Mike Fisher, 30, in July at the Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia.

Charlie Louvin Dies

Charlie Louvin Dies

Veteran Grand Ole Opry favorite Charlie Louvin lost his battle with pancreatic cancer early Wednesday morning. He was 83 and died at his home in Bell Buckle, Tenn., according to Nashville radio reports.

Tracking his father’s battle with the disease, Sonny Louvin wrote on Charlie’s website last summer: “The surgery did not go as planned. He will begin using alternative methods of treatment, going forward.”

An active musician since the ’40s, best remembered for his for his work with brother Ira, Alabama-born Charlie Louvin also released 19 solo albums. Among the hits, according to The Tennessean: “When I Stop Dreaming,” “I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby” and “My Baby’s Gone” – songs that influenced Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton.

In 2001, Louvin was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame for his body of work with brother Ira (they broke up the act in 1963, and Ira, who battled alcohol and other demons, died two years later, at age 41). In 2008, Charlie released two albums, Ships to Heaven and Sings Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs.

Last month, according to The Tennessean, Louvin made his last onstage appearances, and is quoted as saying: “In my world, you are worthless if you can’t continue. Show business is all I really know how to do. I would like for that to be the last thing I do.”

Kenny Chesney Waiting for Taylor Swift’s Payback …

From 2004 to 2008,  Kenny Chesney was crowned Entertainer of the Year a total of eight times: four by the CMA (’04, ’06, ’07, ’08) and four consecutive times by the ACM (’05 – ’08). Not once, over the course of those years, did the superstar take for granted the enormity of those honors.

“To stand in that spot, it isn’t free … it’s not,” the ‘Somewhere With You’ singer tells CMT Country Countdown USA. “People don’t give that to you. You’ve to go out and put yourself in a position to win in it. Then after that, you’ve gotta go even further and win it.”

In 2009, Taylor Swift was crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year, usurping Kenny’s three-year reign. “Taylor and I are very good friends and I’ve known her for a while,” he shares. “The first time she won Entertainer of the Year, the year before she was going out on the road with us. That was the first year that my tour was gonna be sponsored by Corona, so there was some sort of legal thing where people weren’t comfortable with having an alcohol sponsored show and having a 17 or 18-year-old on the show. So, I had to call Taylor and tell her that she couldn’t do that tour.”

Hoping to make up for any disappointment that then-teenaged Taylor might have felt, Kenny figured he’d give her a little something. “I gave her, as an ‘I’m sorry’ present, I gave her a lot of money,” he continues. “So fast forward [to] the next year [2009] and she’s nominated for Entertainer of the Year, as am I, and she wins. So, I’m backstage and I come up behind her — she was hugging her band — and I come up behind her and gave her a hug, and I said, ‘I want my money back!’ [laughs]”

Three years later, Kenny says — tongue planted firmly in cheek — that he’s still waiting. “So I haven’t gotten it back yet, but maybe I will one day … who knows,” he says with a laugh.

Last November, Brad Paisley was crowned the 2010 CMA Entertainer of the Year. “I was really proud and really happy that [Brad] won,” Kenny remembers. “I saw him at the party after and gave him a big hug and told him how proud I was for him, and happy that he’s gonna go down in history as being one of the guys that got to stand in that spot.”

Kenny was so moved, in fact, that he passed on the words of wisdom George Straight shared with East Tennesse native. “Like [George] Strait told me, the first year that I won Entertainer of the Year, I also won Album of the Year,” Kenny continues. “And he sent me this great letter and he said, ‘Winning album of the year says a lot. Winning entertainer says it all.’ I told Brad that, too.”

Kenny’s current single, ‘Somewhere With You’ is currently atop the charts for the second consecutive week. He kicks off his Goin’ Coastal tour March 17 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Jimmy Buffett Falls of Stage in Australia!

Jimmy Buffett took a tumble off the stage at his concert in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday. Australian newspaper the Daily Telegraph reports that the 64-year-old music icon fell head first, hitting his head. He lay unconscious for about eight minutes before paramedics were able to transport him to Sydney’s St. Vincent’s Hospital.

“It looked like he did a massive face plant after his encore and pretty much didn’t get up,” audience member Dan Bateman told the Telegraph. “We were told to leave the premises … No one really wanted to leave because everyone was anxious to know if he survived the fall. Everyone was pretty horrified.”

Jimmy is now in stable condition and is undergoing observation.
Wednesday’s show was the last of the ‘Margaritaville’ singer’s three-night run at the Sydney Opera House. It was his first trip Down Under in 20 years. He’s scheduled to perform in Auckland, New Zealand this Saturday. There’s no word yet on whether that show will have to be rescheduled.

ACM to Honor Reba , Carrie + More Special Ladies of Country

The Academy of Country Music has announced Reba, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles as the honorees for their upcoming Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country televised concert special, which will be taped on Monday, April 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

With 13 ACM wins to her name, Reba will be honored for winning Female Vocalist of the Year more times than any artist in ACM history. Reba first earned the award in 1984 and has since won the trophy an impressive seven times. Reba was also named Entertainer of the Year in 1994.

Carrie will be honored as being the only female artist in history to win the coveted ACM trophy for Entertainer of the Year twice. She first snagged the award in 2009 and again in 2010, bringing her total ACM wins to 10 since 2006.

Miranda, the reigning ACM Top Female Vocalist, will be honored as being the only solo female artist to win Album of the Year twice. The Texas native was first awarded the trophy in 2008 for ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ and again in 2010 for ‘Revolution.’ To date, she was won a total of five ACM awards.

Three-time Female Vocalist of the Year Martina will be honored for the social awareness brought forth by her powerful anthems such as ‘Independence Day,’ Concrete Angel,’ and ‘Love’s the Only House,’ which deal with issues such as domestic violence and female empowerment. The ACM named Martina Humanitarian of the Year in 2003.

Sugarland lead singer Jennifer is being recognized for her songwriting contributions. She made history with ‘Stay,’ which earned Song of the Year in 2008. The singer/songwriter became one of only two female artists to solo-pen and perform Song of the Year.

Additional honorees and participating talent for the special tribute concert will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country are on sale now at Ticketmaster and are priced at $200, $150 and $100. Ticket sales will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy that contributes funds to various organizations including Make-A-Wish.

Gretchen Wilson Reminds Kanye West She Was His First

Kanye West made headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2009, after his rude interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech during the MTV Video Music Awards. But another country star was the first to be subjected to the rapper’s rants, before Taylor was even old enough to drive.

Gretchen Wilson beat out Kanye and Maroon 5, to take home the American Music Award in 2004 for Favorite Breakthrough Artist. It was a loss the rapper didn’t take quietly. “I felt like I was definitely robbed,” he declared after the ceremony. “I was the best new artist this year.”

The incident may have happened over six years ago, but the ‘Redneck Woman’ singer still has strong feelings about it. “I think he’s an ass for acting like that,” Gretchen tells CMT. “He really is. He makes quite a spectacle. Grow up! Quit being such a baby! If somebody beats you, it’s because they deserve to beat you. And I don’t know if you remember all the way back to the first time — I outsold you, bro! Do your homework.”

The Grammy winner (and current nominee) says she wasn’t intimidated by Kanye’s pompous claims then, nor is she intimidated by him now. “It’s kinda cool for me to know that I was the first,” Gretchen admits. “Kanye, just remember, I was your first. And I’m not above kicking your ass.”

She’s also not above putting her music up against the material of other more mainstream artists. “I have learned over the last six years that the most important thing is the show itself, not all of the drama, not whether you can paint yourself up like Lady Gaga,” says Gretchen.  “You need to kick their butts with the music and the energy and that’s what we do with this group. You wouldn’t call it an easy show with Gretchen Wilson; It’s more like a Lynyrd Skynrd show that leans toward southern rock energy. We play songs they are familiar with, new songs and really rock ‘n’ roll.”

Gretchen will hit the road in February for several dates, including stops in Mississippi, Minnesota and California. See her tour schedule here.