Morgan Wallen will not perform at the 2021 American Music Awards.
Nominations for this year’s AMA were revealed on Thursday, Deadline.com reported. The ceremony will be held Nov. 21 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show will be live on ABC and will be current the next day on Hulu.
The country music artist received two nominations for the category “Favorite Male Country Artist” and “Favorite Country Album”. But according to the magazine, the producer of the show MRC Live & Alternative gave an asterisk next to the name of the 28-year-old and announced the nominees.
“Nominees for the American Music Awards (AMA) are determined by performance on the Billboard charts and are not selected by the Electoral Board or a member organization,” the show’s producers wrote in a statement, as quoted by the publication. “AMA nominees are based on key fan interactions with music (including streaming, album sales, song sales, radio broadcasts, social engagement) monitored by Billboard and its data partner MRC Data. AMA winners are voted entirely by fans.”
“Morgan Wallen is nominated based on the scale this year,” the statement continues. “As his conduct is not in line with our core values, we will not include him in the broadcast in any role (appearance, presentation, reception). We plan to assess his progress in meaningful work as an ally of the black community and will consider his participation in future broadcasts. “
Wallen was one of the biggest stars of the cross-hit genre, such as “Whiskey Glasses,” when a video was released on TMZ in February in which he used racial insult on TMZ. The embarrassed country music performer apologized for using the insults, and radio stations and streaming services were temporarily removed from the playlists. Sales of his albums continued to grow.
He was disqualified from the Academy of Country Music Awards.
In July, Wallen told Michael Strahan on the ABC show “Good Morning” that he did not use the insult in a derogatory way, but it was still wrong. Wallen claimed to have been drinking all weekend before the night in question.
“I’ve been around a few of my friends and we’re talking stupid things together,” Wallen said. “It’s playful in our minds. That sounds ignorant, but it really came from here. And it’s wrong.”
He denied frequent use of the term and said he only used it around a certain group of friends.
After 49-year-old Strahan explained some of the historical contexts behind the term, Strahan asked Wallen directly if he understood why blacks were so upset.
“I don’t know how to put myself in their shoes because I’m not, you know, but I understand,” Wallen said. “Especially when I say I’m using him playfully or whatever, unknowingly, I understand that he has to sound like ‘He doesn’t understand.'”
Wallen said he took time off from the incident and went into rehab. As album sales grew after the industry condemned him, he decided to donate about $ 500,000 to organizations, including the Black Music Action Coalition.
The singer was returned to his label after a several-month break, Deadline.com reports. He also returned to country radio in August with the single “Sand In My Boots”.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.