and his wife Heather announced the birth of their daughter Georgia Blue Nichols yesterday. Georgia was born at 8:06 am CST in Nichol's native Texas. The brown-eyed girl weighed in at 7 lbs and 4 oz. Georgia is 19 ½ inches in length and has beautiful brown hair. Joe and Heather Nichols, who have been married since 2007, are also parents to older sister Dylan who turned two years old on April 17. Nichols is also father to daughter Ashelyn, 15, from a previous marriage. Baby and mother are both happy and healthy. (Photo Credit: www.tasteofcountry.com )
CMT announced yesterday that television and movie actress Kristen Bell
will host the 2014 CMT Music Awards. Bell revealed on Twitter that she will return to host country music’s biggest party of the year when the 2014 CMT Music Awards air live on June 4. She previously co-hosted the fan-voted show with Jason Aldean
in 2013 and Toby Keith
in 2012, but this year she will host solo. Broadcast from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, the 2014 CMT Music Awards will include performances by Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and Miranda Lambert
with more performances to be announced soon.
is going to be a new dad later this year. He and his wife are expecting their fourth son in September, and he tells People
magazine "it's a welcome surprise." Josh and wife Jennifer's brood currently includes Hampton
, who's 7 1/2; Colby
, who turns 5 next month; and Marion
, 3. Josh says Colby has suggested the family name the baby "Backwoods Boy," but the singer all but ruled out the idea.
will kick things off Nashville’s "signature" event in the AT&T U-verse® Fan Fair X with autograph signings, concerts, lifestyle exhibits, a marketplace, interviews with the stars, demonstrations, and much more inside the Music City Center during 2014 CMA Music Festival, June 5-8 in Nashville. Each morning during the Festival, a different Artist of the Day will take to the CMA Close Up Stage to kick off the day’s events. Opening day will feature LeAnn discussing her new VH1 TV show that will be shown in the CMA Screening Room. Friday’s Artist of the Day will be Sara Evans
, who will be joined by longtime video director Peter Zavadil, as they discuss her career and share an insider look at her video highlights. Craig Morgan
will get the action started as Artist of the Day on Saturday, and Lady Antebellum
will make a special Artist of the Day performance on Sunday.