Despite Morgan Wallen‘s Dangerous: The Double Album being nominated for album of the year at the CMA Awards, he will not be allowed to attend the 55th annual awards ceremony, which is scheduled to take place in Nashville on November 10.
Although the chief executive of the Country Music Association did not specify the reason behind the ban, the CMA announced earlier this year that Wallen would not be eligible for individual CMA Awards categories after a video emerged of an incident in January in which he used the “N-word” with friends as they were entering his Nashville home.
“This is the first time in the history of the CMA, to my knowledge, anyone has ever been disqualified for conduct,” Sarah Trahern, CEO of the Country Music Association, said in a statement to The Los Angeles Times on Thursday.
“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,” the publication quoted her as saying.
“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,” Trahern added.
The country music singer and songwriter was also excluded from the Billboard Music Awards and ACM Awards earlier this year. He was disqualified from all the industry voted categories of ACM Awards.
Despite being a finalist in six categories, Morgan Wallen was not included in the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.
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