Morgan Wallen may have performed quite well on the Billboard Charts but as we’re all aware, not so well off the charts.
Now as the Billboard Music Awards approach, dick clark productions, who are responsible for producing the awards show have announced that Wallen won’t be a part of the production this year despite being nominated for six awards.
They said, “Unique among awards shows, Billboard Music Awards (BBMA) finalists are determined by performance on the Billboard charts, and are not chosen by a voting committee or membership organization. BBMA finalists and winners are based on key fan interactions with music (including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, social engagement), tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data.”
“With our content reaching millions of viewers, dcp and MRC have the privilege and responsibility to effect change by creating a more inclusive dialogue in our productions and across the industry.”
“Morgan Wallen is a finalist this year based on charting. As his recent conduct does not align with our core values, we will not be including him on the show in any capacity (performing, presenting, accepting).”
They concluded, “It is heartening and encouraging to hear that Morgan is taking steps in his anti-racist journey and starting to do some meaningful work. We plan to evaluate his progress and will consider his participation in future shows.”
Earlier this month, Wallen announced that he was going to be cancelling his tour to ‘work on himself’. He shared a handwritten letter via his Instagram account to announce the news, beginning by saying, “Hey guys, first of all I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me during this time.” He then goes on to say that he won’t be going on tour in the near future.
He eventually says, “I’ve found this time away to be very valuable to me in many ways, but I feel like I need a little more of it, and therefore I will not be performing tour dates this summer,” he wrote. “It means I won’t be playing festivals or the Luke Bryan tour dates. But it’s important to me personally, if you can, still go to these shows and support country music. Country music is back and that’s a beautiful damn thing.”
For more on this topic, head over to the Country Music Observer.