Twin sons, awards for Chris Stapleton

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Chris Stapleton had several reasons to celebrate Sunday night.

He was not present at the Academy of Country Music Awards to claim his trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year.

Country legend Reba McEntire explained why Stapleton was absent.

"Those little rascals came a bit early," she said, talking about Stapleton's newborn twin boys.

They are the third and fourth children for Stapleton and his wife Morgane.

Sunday was also the singer's 40th birthday.