“Morgan Wallen is a finalist this year based on charting,” dick clark productions and studio MRC said in a statement in late April. “As his recent conduct does not align with our core values, we will not be including him on the show in any capacity (performing, presenting, accepting). It is heartening and encouraging to hear that Morgan is taking steps in his anti-racist journey and starting to do some meaningful work. We plan to evaluate his progress and will consider his participation in future shows.”
Also after the controversy, the Academy of Country Music deemed Morgan ineligible to be nominated for honors or to appear at the 56th annual ACM Awards, which took place in April. In addition, CMT and iHeartMedia removed his appearances from their platforms, Spotify and Apple Music dropped his songs from their curated playlists, booking agency WME removed the “Me on Whiskey” singer from their roster and label Big Loud Records suspended his recording contract indefinitely.
Morgan has not commented on his Billboard Music Award wins. On Saturday, May 22, a day before the ceremony, he posted an Instagram video showing him performing on an acoustic guitar a new song, “Thought You Should Know,” that he said he wrote for his mother a “while ago.” He said it “seemed like an appropriate time to share it.”
The lyrics include, “Been chasing songs and women / Making some bad decisions / God knows I’m drinking too much.”
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