11/18/21 Nashville Minute
Congratulations to Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins on their expanding family.
Lauren delivered a baby girl. They named her Lillie Carolina Akins.
She’s their fourth daughter. Rhett tweeted Wednesday night about his excitement at raising four children under the age of six. He added that Lillie arrived weighing 7.5 pounds.
Mom Instagrammed their first photo with the message that Lillie arrived on Monday. Her name is inspired by the Gospel of Matthew (quote) “Consider the Lillies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin.” (People)
— Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood are back on top. The duo reclaimed the number-one spot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart this week with “If I Didn’t Love You.” They held the top spot for two weeks before Walker Hayes bumped them out with his viral hit, “Fancy Like.” Ryan Hurd’s collaboration with wife Maren Morris, “Chasing After You,” is at the top of Mediabase’s radio airplay chart.
— Chris Stapleton and Gabby Barrett are picking up the most nominations in the country music categories for the upcoming American Music Awards. They’re up for Favorite Male and Female Country Artist, Favorite Country Album and Favorite Country Song. Carrie Underwood is also nominated in the Favorite Inspirational Artist category. The American Music Awards will air on ABC this Sunday at 7 p.m. Central Time.
— Brett Young is joining the list of musicians who want to bring Major League Baseball to Nashville. Young joins Darius Rucker, Kane Brown, Justin Timberlake and Luke Combs on the advisory board for the proposed expansion team, which would be called the Nashville Stars. Young tells “People” baseball has been a huge part of his life, and although he never went pro, he still has a huge passion for the sport.
— Josh Turner is on the road for his Christmas tour. “Holiday & the Hits” tour kicks off today in Holland, Michigan. It wraps up December 21st in Knoxville. The tour is in support of Turner’s first ever holiday album, “King Size Manger.”
— CMT will air two Christmas-themed music specials next month. “CMT Crossroads Christmas” will feature Brett Young, Boys II Men, Chris Tomlin and more. CMT’s “A Tennessee Kind of Christmas” will feature country icons Pam Tillis, Billy Ray Cyrus, Clay Walker and Pam Tillis. Both specials premier on December 8th. They’ll have encore showings the week of Christmas.