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Morgan Wallen is ineligible for the 2021 ACM Awards after racial slur video surfaces

Country singer Morgan Wallen can’t qualify for the 2021 ACM Awards. Here’s why

Morgan Wallen arrives at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on June 5, 2019. Wallen has apologized after a video surfaced showed him shouting a racial slur.
Morgan Wallen arrives at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on June 5, 2019. Wallen has apologized after a video surfaced showed him shouting a racial slur.
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Country singer Morgan Wallen can’t qualify for the 2021 ACM Awards anymore after a viral video surfaced of him saying racial slurs, Entertainment Weekly reports.

  • Wallen’s record label also suspended his contract in wake of the video.

What happened

TMZ posted a video that appeared to show Wallen coming home from a night out in Nashville, The New York Times reports. He shouted at someone at the video, referring to the person by using a racial slur.

  • Spotify, Apple and some of the largest radio station companies in the country removed his music from the radio.

Wallen issued the following statement in response to the controversy, according to The New York Times.

  • “I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”

Statements

The Academy of Country Music released the following statement about Morgan Wallen (via Entertainment Weekly):

“The Academy of Country Music will halt Morgan Wallen’s potential involvement and eligibility for this year’s 56th Academy of Country Music Awards cycle. We have made his management team aware of this decision,” the statement reads. “The Academy does not condone or support intolerance or behavior that doesn’t align with our commitment and dedication to diversity and inclusion. In the coming weeks, the Academy will expedite the offering of long-planned diversity training resources for our ACM Membership, Board, Staff, and the Country Music artist community, made available through out Diversity + Inclusion Task Force, established in 2018. As a result of this unprecedented situation, the Academy will be reviewing our awards eligibility and submission process, ensuring our nominees consistently reflect the Academy’s integrity.”

Wallen’s record label suspended his contract after the video surfaced, too, according to Variety.

  • “In the wake of recent events, Big Loud Records has made the decision to suspend Morgan Wallen’s contract indefinitely,” the statement reads, according to Variety.
  • Republic Records, the Universal Music-owned label that distributes Wallen’s recordings, “fully supports Big Loud’s decision and agrees such behavior will not be tolerated.”

Similarly, the TV network CMT said it would pull Wallen’s appearances, too.

“We do not tolerate or condone words and actions that are in direct opposition to our core values that celebrate diversity, equity & inclusion,” CMT said in a statement, according to The New York Times.