Brantley Gilbert Jokes About Daughter on the Way at 2019 ACMs: '16 Years Before I Go to Prison'

Brantley Gilbert Jokes About Daughter on the Way at 2019 ACMs: '16 Years Before I Go to Prison'

08/04/2019

Brantley Gilbert might not be nominated at this year’s ACM Awards, but he’s a winner anyway with his wife Amber by his side and a baby girl on the way.

“The Weekend” crooner walked the red carpet alongside his pregnant wife Sunday evening in Las Vegas, where he rocked a gold jacket over a dark shirt and trousers, completing the look in studded shoes.

The mom-to-be put her baby bump on display in a shimmery gold gown featuring a high slit, as well as matching heels, cradling her belly as the cameras flashed.

Speaking with PEOPLE ahead of the show, Gilbert couldn’t help crack a joke about becoming a dad to a little girl, quipping, “Hopefully I got 15, 16 years before I go to prison.”

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Gilbert, 34, and Amber revealed their pregnancy news exclusively to PEOPLE last month, sharing photos from their sex-reveal party where they, alongside their 16-month-old son Barrett Hardy-Clay, learned the newest family member on the way will be a girl.

The moment was an emotional one for the past ACM Award winner, who was visibly teary in photos following the shower full of blush-colored decorations.

“Oh, I cried!” he recalled to PEOPLE. “I was so sure it was a boy. I wasn’t ready for it to be a little girl — and man, when it was! I just wanted a healthy, happy baby, but a little girl means a whole other deal.”

“I know I have so much to learn,” added the "What Happens in a Small Town" crooner. “You even diaper them differently, so I’m gonna be learning a whole lot of stuff from these books Amber reads — and I can’t wait!”

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For the second-time parents-to-be, it was the surprise of a lifetime considering their hunches told them Barrett would be getting a younger brother.

“All I could think about was me and my little brother,” Gilbert said. “And I have cousins where it’s just two boys. So even though at one point I’d thought it might be a girl, I’d really come around to the idea that it would be a son, and they’d be best friends.”

“I did too. I figured they’d be so close in age, they’d be best friends. Just inseparable. Though with Brantley, a little boy and a male dog, I was feeling pretty outnumbered,” Amber told PEOPLE. “I had three brothers, and I never got to do anything. I know Barrett isn’t going to remember being an only child because they’re so close, but I already know he’s going to be an amazing older brother.”

The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, are broadcasting live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on CBS.

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