The latest repercussions against the “Cover Me Up” singer were made in the wake of a recently surfaced video where the country musician used a racial slur in a colloquial manner following a night of drinking. “I’m embarrassed and sorry,” the 27-year-old country crooner said in a statement following the media backlash. “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.”
The ACM Awards are slated to be held on April 18th on CBS-TV in a yet to be announced format. With the first-round of voting closed and the second round of balloting opening on February 10th, Wallen’s name will not be included. “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,” the ACM said in a statement the day after Morgan’s misconduct exploded into a major news story. “We have made his management team aware of this decision.”
See the full statement here.
Given his rising status in the country music space, Wallen’s actions have likely cost him a one- to two-year setback in his career. He was looking forward to promoting his 33-track Dangerous: The Double Album this year, but that may now have to wait.
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