- Morgan Wallen was announced as a Billboard Music Awards nominee on Thursday.
- However, the singer was banned from attending the annual awards show.
- Producers said they are trying to create change in the industry and be more inclusive.
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Morgan Wallen has been banned from attending the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, despite getting six nominations.
The “Wasted on You” singer was announced as a Billboard Music Award nominee on Thursday, but according to Billboard, Dick Clark Productions is hosting the annual event and disapproves of the singer’s recent racist behavior.
The production company released a statement on Thursday, making it clear that while the country singer has gained popularity for his 2021 album “Dangerous: The Double Album,” that doesn’t give him an automatic invite to the awards show and his problematic behavior will have consequences.
“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),” the statement reads. “We plan to evaluate his progress and will consider his participation in future shows.”
The production company added that it is making efforts to create change in the music industry by using its platform to be more inclusive, stating, “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.”
The statement also acknowledged the steps that Wallace is taking to become more informed on racial matters and producers will be keeping track of his progress to redetermine eligibility for future appearances.
“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,” producers said.
Wallen’s “anti-racist journey” comes after an incident that happened in February.
According to TMZ, Wallen was returning from a night out with a group of friends when his neighbors heard him yelling a series of slurs to a man. He could be heard on video calling his friend a “motherf—er” as well as using the N-word.
Afterward, he expressed that he was “embarrassed and sorry” to TMZ, while also stating, “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 2021 Billboard Music Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.