Morgan Wallen: 5 Things To Know About Country Star Performing At Billboard Music Awards

Country superstar Morgan Wallen is taking the Billboard Music Awards stage in Las Vegas since being banned for using a racial slur.

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Morgan Wallen will be performing at this year’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 15, one year after being banned from the program after being caught on tape using a racial slur. The “Wasted on You” singer, 28, was heard hurling the slur while heading into his Tennessee home. A video obtained by TMZ shows Morgan and his friends arriving at the house around midnight and making a ton of noise. Neighbors came outside, and one began recording the incident.

Morgan is heard telling someone to watch over one of the other guys in their group. Among other profanities, the country singer says, “take care of this p****-ass n*****.” On Feb. 10, 2021 he posted a lengthy video apology to clarify some of his comments. “The video you saw of me was me on hour 72 of 72 of a bender and that’s not something I’m proud of either.” he explained, confessing he was “nervous” as he filmed the Instagram post. “I let so many people down…I’m not OK with that…I also accepted some invitations from some amazing Black organizations, executives and leaders to engage in some real and honest conversations,” he went on. “Our actions matter, our words matter, and I just want to encourage anyone watching to please learn from my mistakes. There is no reason to downplay what I did. It matters,” he shared.

Days before the video, he also apologized via a statement: “I’m embarrassed and sorry,” he said on Feb. 5, 2021. “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.”

Here’s what else you need to know about Morgan:

1. Morgan Was Cut From A 2020 SNL Episode For Breaking COVID-19 Quarantine

Morgan broke strict quarantine rules in place by SNL due to COVID-19, and was seen in several TikTok videos at partying hard in Tuscaloosa, AL following the University of Alabama’s football game the previous Saturday. In the videos, Morgan was at a bar and a house party taking shots, not social distancing, not wearing a mask, and kissing female fans.

On Oct. 7, the 27-year-old shared an Instagram video from his New York hotel room, revealing he was getting ready for his Saturday performance, “and I got a call from the show that I will no longer be able to play. And that’s because of COVID protocols, which I understand.” Morgan noted that he has tested negative for the coronavirus, but that his actions the weekend prior were “pretty short sighted, and they’ve obviously affected by long term goals and my dreams.”

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Morgan Wallen hits the red carpet at the 2019 Country Music Awards (AP)

2. Morgan Was Once A Contestant On The Voice

The singer appeared on 2014’s season six of the music competition. Surprisingly the Tennessee-born country singer wasn’t on Team Blake Shelton, as he was initially with coach Usher and then Team Adam Levine before being eliminated in the playoff rounds.

3. It Took Two Years For Morgan’s Debut Album To Top The Charts

He first studio LP If I Know Me dropped on April 27, 2018. He had already opened for the superstar country duo  Florida Georgia Line during their 2017 tour, and FGL appeared on the album’s second single, “Up Down.” Morgan’s third single “Whiskey Glasses” was released in the summer of 2018, and it was a slow burn hit, reaching number one on the country radio airplay charts in June 2019 and becoming one of the year’s biggest hits. If I Know Me finally finally reached the number one spot on the Billboard Country Album chart in Aug. 2020, 114 weeks after it was released.

4. Morgan Is A Father

He welcomed son Indie Wilder in July with ex-fiancée Katie Smith. Morgan shared an Instagram photo cradling his little boy on July 1, writing, “Little Wilder, I’m a changed man. I see mine differently now. It’s not just me anymore, and I’m glad it’s not. This year has been the hardest of my life in so many ways, but that’s not what i will remember it by. You are.”


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5. Morgan Was Given A Second Chance To Perform On SNL

Two months after he was originally supposed to perform on Saturday Night Live, Morgan appeared on the show as the musical guest. The singer previously apologized for putting the cast and crew “in jeopardy” by partying maskless and not social distancing, pledging to “work” on himself and take responsibility. Morgan performed two of his hits, “7 Summers” and “Still Goin’ Down” during the Jason Bateman-hosted episode. He also appeared in a sketch making fun of his partying scandal.

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