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  • Underwood FILE - In this June 22, 2018 file photo, Carrie Underwood attends the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards in Los Angeles. The 35-year-old singer announced on Instagram on Wednesday, Aug. 8, that she and her husband, Mike Fisher, are expecting their second child. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

  • Wells FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, Tauren Wells arrives at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York. Wells received seven Dove Awards nominations including one for song of the year and new artist of the year. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominees on Wednesday for their 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards to be held on Oct. 16 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

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Thursday, August 09, 2018 1:00 am

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Underwood expecting 2nd child

Associated Press

Carrie Underwood says her family is adding “another fish to our pond.”

The 35-year-old singer announced Wednesday on Instagram that she and her husband, Mike Fisher, are expecting their second child. She says they are “absolutely over the moon.”

Underwood and Fisher, a former NHL player for the Ottawa Senators and Nashville Predators, have a 3-year-old son, Isaiah.

Underwood's next album, “Cry Pretty,” is due out Sept. 14. A tour will follow in 2019. Tickets go on sale Aug. 17.

The seven-time Grammy winner will join Brad Paisley as co-host of the Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 14. It will be their 11th time together.

Oscar changes

The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony on a much earlier air date of Feb. 9, 2020.

John Bailey, the newly re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, says in an email to members Wednesday morning that the Board of Governors met Tuesday night to approve the three major changes. Eligibility requirements for the popular film category will be forthcoming.

Ratings for the 91st Academy Awards fell to an all-time low of 26.5 million viewers, down 19 percent from the previous year and the first time the glitzy awards ceremony had fewer than 30 million viewers since 2008. It also clocked it at nearly 4 hours, making it the longest show in over a decade.

Dove Awards

Writer and producer Colby Wedgeworth leads the Dove Awards with eight nominations while artist Tauren Wells has seven nominations, including song of the year and new artist of the year.

The Gospel Music Association announced the nominees Wednesday for the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards, to be presented Oct. 16 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Wells, a former frontman of the Christian group Royal Tailor, released his first solo album last year. Zach Williams has six nominations, and Cory Asbury, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and TobyMac with five nominations each.

In the artist of the year category, Williams and Leonard are nominated along with Hillsong UNITED, MercyMe and NEEDTOBREATHE.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Comedian David Steinberg is 76. Actor Sam Elliott is 74. Singer Barbara Mason is 71. Actress Melanie Griffith is 61. Actress Amanda Bearse is 60. Rapper Kurtis Blow is 59. “Today” co-host Hoda Kotb is 54. Actress Gillian Anderson is 50. Actor Eric Bana is 50. “Good Morning America” co-anchor Chris Cuomo is 48. Actor Thomas Lennon is 48. Bassist Arion Salazar is 48. Rapper Mack10 is 47. Singer Juanes is 46. Actress Liz Vassey is 46. Actor Kevin McKidd is 45. Actress Ashley Johnson is 35. Actress Anna Kendrick is 33.