Nicole Sands and Jen Juneau
June 08, 2017 01:15 PM


Jason Aldean and his wife, Brittany, are laying a lot of memories down at this year’s CMT Music Awards.

On Wednesday night, the pair made their first red-carpet appearance since announcing in early May they’re expecting their first child together. The country superstar, who is up for two nominations and set to take the stage for a performance, told CMT Brittany’s growing belly was his “good luck charm” for the night.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight about potential baby names, Aldean, 40, said their son’s moniker “will be something unique and different” — to a point.

“Nothing crazy like a direction — East, West, North, South — none of that stuff,” he said. “It will be something really cool. Both of us have names that are pretty common, Jason and Brittany, so, something that’s unique is our main goal.”

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Late last month, the country crooner and his wife, 28, revealed they are expecting a baby boy after popping two balloons that contained blue confetti during a gender reveal party with family and friends. The pair began dating in March 2014 and tied the knot a year later in Mexico.

“Both sides of our families are full of girls,” Aldean, who is also dad to 9½-year-old Kendyl and 14-year-old Keeley, told ET Wednesday night.

“I have two, my sister’s got three, [Brittany’s] sister has got two, and so there are no boys at all. So, for this to be the first boy in the family on both sides is kind of a special thing for everybody.”

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The baby boy on the way — whose sex Aldean told ET he and his wife “kind of secretly were hoping” for — is the first child for Brittany, who explained to ET that she was “really exhausted” but “not sick” throughout her first trimester.

“I know she would like to have at least one kid,” Aldean told PEOPLE in October of his wife. “And I’m down for that. I love kids and being a dad is one of the best things in the world for me. If it’s meant to happen, it will. Only time will tell.”

The 2017 CMT Awards air live from Nashville, Tennessee, on CMT Wednesday, June 7, at 8 p.m. EST.

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