UPDATE, with ACM instruction The fallout from Morgan Wallen’s captured use of a racial epithet continued throughout the day, with the Academy of Country Music Awards being the latest organization to disown the country music superstar.
“The Academy of Country Music will end Morgan Wallen’s potential involvement and eligibility for this year’s 56th Academy of Country Music Awards,” the ACM Awards tweeted this afternoon (see tweet below below). “We have informed his management team of this decision. The Academy does not condone or support intolerance or behavior that is inconsistent with our commitment and dedication to diversity and inclusion. “
Best-selling and old-fashioned country music star The voice candidate who was dropped Saturday Night Live of an appearance in October when video of him partying without a face mask surfaced, apologizes again, this time for a video that will likely have a harder impact on his career: in a video shot by a neighbor , Wallen is seen outside his Nashville home shouting the N-word.
ACM noted that “unprecedented situation ”prompts a review of the organization’s eligibility and award submission process,“ ensuring that our nominees consistently reflect the integrity of the Academy. “
In the video shared by TMZ last night, the singer can be seen and heard returning home after a party night with friends when he says aloud goodbye to his buddies, referring to one of them with the epithet. Wallen, 27, issued an apology statement, saying, “I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. There are never any excuses for using this type of language. I want to sincerely apologize for using that word. I promise to do better. “
The response from the country music industry has been swift: As Deadline Variety’s sister publication first reported last night, the Cumulus Media radio network immediately removed Wallen from the playlists of its 400 stations. and more. Wallen’s music has also disappeared from Spotify’s Hot Country Songs playlist and Apple Music’s Today’s Country.
Throughout Wednesday, other services and radio stations followed suit, pulling music from Wallen, including SiriusXM, Pandora and iHeartRadio.
Morgan’s latest record, Dangerous: the double album, topped the Billboard 200 for four weeks.
Wallen, who was arrested outside a Nashville bar in May for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, made headlines in October when SNL creator Lorne Michaels removed it from a guest musician spot after a video of the maskless singer partying in a crowded bar, in violation of SNLCovid protocols. Wallen apologized and was booked for a December episode, in which he appeared in a Christmas song– like a skit about repenting for your mistake.
Wallen first gained public attention in 2014 as a participant in Season 6 of The voice, making it to the playoffs before elimination.
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