May 19, 2008 03:30 PM

A very pregnant Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban hit the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hand-in-hand Sunday night – and immediately began working the orange carpet.

First they signed autographs together, then split up briefly to chat with fans. At one point Urban, 40 – who was up for entertainer of the year at the Las Vegas awards show – looked over at Kidman, smiled proudly, and said, “That’s my wife.”

When a photographer asked them to get close for a picture, they put their heads together and smiled as the 40-year-old Kidman – glowing in a strapless YSL gown – joked, “You can’t get any closer than that!”

Kidman kept a hand on the bottom of her belly as she headed toward the venue. Has the baby been kicking? “Oh yeah,” she told PEOPLE. “Not right now, but it has been.”

Later, as reporters and photographers frantically shouted out questions for the mom-to-me, the Oscar winner revealed, “We’re very excited. We’re very pregnant and good.”

For the first time, fans had the chance to vote for entertainer of the year – so who had Kidman’s support? “I didn’t get a chance to vote for [Keith],” she admitted, laughing. “I’ll do it from my cell phone. Is it too late?” (Alas, the award went to Kenny Chesney.)

Once inside, the happy couple – who have been married almost two years – settled into their front-row seats, alongside Brooks & Dunn and Carrie Underwood. And the Nashville-based twosome kept up their southern hospitality, graciously posing with fans during the show’s commercial breaks.

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