Thursday, September 30, 2021
– Morgan Wallen may have received a Country Music Association nomination, but he won't be there.
That's because the CMA is not inviting Wallen in the face of his racist comments in a drunken incident in January outside his Nashville residence.
Wallen was nominated for Album of the Year for "Dangerous: The Double Album," but received no more nominations.
""This was something we looked at from so many angles," said CMA President Sarah Trahern in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "The decision, ultimately, was the man would not be allowed, but the music and the people who were part of it (songwriters and producers) could be eligible. That made his music eligible in five categories, and ultimately, he was nominated in one.
"This is the first time in the history of the CMA, to my knowledge, anyone has ever been disqualified for conduct. Honoring him as an individual this year is not right, and he will not be allowed on the red carpet, on our stage, or be celebrated in any way."
Wallen was suspended by his label, Big Loud. He also pledged to give $500,000 to organizations dealing with Black-led groups and organizations.