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Morgan Wallen speaks out after CMA Awards ban, Album of the Year loss


Morgan Wallen says he’s “blessed” despite losing out on a Country Music Association award and being banned from the awards show, which was held in Nashville on Wednesday night.

The controversial country music star — who has been embroiled in a racial slur scandal — took to Twitter just minutes after he failed to win CMA’s Album of the Year accolade.

“I wake up every morning and thank the Lord for my blessings. Tomorrow morning will be no different. I love y’all,” the 28-year-old tweeted to his 534,000 followers, brushing off his loss.

CMA organizers barred Wallen from attending the glitzy ceremony but still allowed his sophomore record, “Dangerous,” to be nominated in their Album of the Year category.

“Dangerous” was the highest-selling record among those nominated, but the crooner lost out to Chris Stapleton’s album “Starting Over.”

Last week, Wallen took a swipe at the CMA Awards after his ban from the show was announced.

“PSA: Everyone is welcome to attend my shows,” he tartly wrote on Twitter.

The country crooner has been under fire since February when TMZ published video of the star drunkenly telling a friend to “take care of this p–y-ass n—a” after a night out in Nashville. He later apologized for the slur and said the video was taken on “hour 72 of a 72-hour bender.”

Wallen was dropped from talent agency WME in the wake of the scandal. CMT removed his videos, and both the Academy of Country Music and the CMA banned him from their awards shows. But while his label, Big Loud Records, “suspended” his contract in February, it lifted the ban in May.

Wallen’s album sales soared in the aftermath of the racial slur scandal.

But it’s not the first time he’s come under fire. In fact, the country crooner has a history of headline-hitting controversies.

In October 2020, he was yanked from performing on “Saturday Night Live” after a video of him at a bar without a mask surfaced amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In May 2020, the Tennessee-born star was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct outside Kid Rock’s bar in Nashville.

Wallen has been under fire since February, when he was caught on camera making a racial slur.
Wallen has been under fire since February when he was caught on camera making a racial slur.
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Meanwhile, this year’s CMA Awards was notably diverse this year, with multiple artists of color scooping awards and performing on stage.

Jimmie Allen became only the second black artist to ever win New Artist of the Year — after Darius Rucker 12 years ago — and performed a rousing rendition of his track “Freedom Was a Highway.” Jennifer Hudson and Mickey Guyton additionally performed on the CMA stage.

Jennifer Hudson is seen on stage at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night.
Jennifer Hudson is seen on stage at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night.
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The show also broke barriers by featuring its first-ever same-sex kiss.

Brothers Osborne singer TJ Osborne — who came out just nine months ago — smooched his boyfriend Abi Ventura for all of the crowd and the cameras to see after sibling crooners TJ and John won Vocal Duo of the Year.





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