Morgan Wallen Banned From 2021 American Music Awards Over Insulting Comments – Deadline
The 2021 American Music Awards will not have controversial country artist Morgan Wallen on this year’s live show.
Nominations for the 2021 American Music Awards (AMAs) were revealed this morning for the Nov. 21 show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The event will air live on ABC and stream the following day on Hulu.
Wallen was a double nominee, earning nods in the “Favorite Male Country Artist” and “Favorite Country Album” categories.
But the show’s producer MRC Live & Alternative put an asterisk next to Wallen’s name on his release announcing the nominees, and explained at the bottom of the long list of nominees what the mark meant.
The statement from the show’s producers read, “American Music Awards (AMA) nominees are determined by their performance on the Billboard Charts and are not chosen by a voting committee or membership organization. AMA nominees are based on top fan interactions with music (including streaming, album sales, song sales, radio airplay, social engagement), tracked by Billboard and its partner MRC Data. AMA winners are voted entirely by fans.
“Morgan Wallen is nominated this year based on mapping. Since his conduct does not align with our core values, we will not include him in the show in any capacity (performance, presentation, acceptance). We plan to assess his progress in doing meaningful work as an ally of the black community and will consider his participation in future broadcasts.
Wallen was banned by various awards shows and radio stations following his February 2021 video. After a few months, he held an apology tour and spoke with black organizations about his mistake. He has since been reinstated to his record label after a hiatus of several months.
Despite these hurdles, his music enjoyed resounding success across various streaming outlets in the wake of the slur scandal. On July 23, Wallen publicly spoke about his racist comment on hello america, say that “[he] was around some of [his] friends and [they] say silly things together” and said that “he was wrong” to voice those words.
Wallen returned to country radio in August with the release of his single “Sand In My Boots”.