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Morgan Wallen
Singer Morgan Wallen, holding a guitar and someone’s hand.
Wallen performing at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, Utah, in September 2022
Background information
Birth nameMorgan Cole Wallen
Born (1993-05-13) May 13, 1993 (age 29)
Sneedville, Tennessee, US
OriginCorryton, Tennessee, US
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instrument(s)
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • violin
Years active2014–present
Labels
Websitemorganwallen.com

Morgan Cole Wallen (born May 13, 1993) is an American country singer and songwriter. He competed in the sixth season of The Voice, originally as a member of Usher's team, but later as a member of Adam Levine's team. After being eliminated in the playoffs of that season, he signed to Panacea Records, releasing his debut EP, Stand Alone, in 2015.

In 2016, Wallen signed to Big Loud, releasing his debut album, If I Know Me, in 2018.[6] The album includes the singles "Up Down" (featuring Florida Georgia Line), "Whiskey Glasses", and "Chasin' You". If I Know Me reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.[7] Wallen's second album, Dangerous: The Double Album, was released in January 2021, and in February 2021 became the only country album in the 64-year history of the Billboard 200 to spend its first seven weeks at No. 1.[8] It spent a total of ten weeks at that spot, the first album to do so since Whitney Houston's Whitney in 1987.[9] The album included Billboard No. 1 singles "More Than My Hometown", "7 Summers", and "Wasted on You".[10]

Wallen was arrested for disorderly conduct after being ejected from Kid Rock's steakhouse in Nashville in May 2020,[11] and was suspended from a scheduled Saturday Night Live performance that October after video evidence surfaced that showed Wallen was not adhering to NBC's COVID-19 protocols.[12] In February 2021, a video was released that captured Wallen saying the word nigger. The incident resulted in temporary suspension from his record label and removal of his music from several major radio networks in the United States.[13] Despite the controversy, Wallen's music experienced a surge in commercial success following the incident.[14]

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Country music

Country music

Country is a music genre originating in the Southern and Southwestern United States. First produced in the 1920s, country primarily focuses on working class Americans and blue-collar American life.

Adam Levine

Adam Levine

Adam Noah Levine is an American singer and songwriter. He serves as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the pop rock band Maroon 5. Levine began his musical career in 1994 with the band Kara's Flowers, of which he was the lead vocalist and lead guitarist. After the commercial failure of their only album, The Fourth World, the group was reformed in 2001 as Maroon 5 – with James Valentine replacing him as lead guitarist. In 2002, they released their first album, Songs About Jane, which went multi-platinum in the US; since then, they have released six more albums: It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007), Hands All Over (2010), Overexposed (2012), V (2014), Red Pill Blues (2017), and Jordi (2021). As part of Maroon 5, Levine has received multiple accolades, including three Grammy Awards.

Big Loud

Big Loud

Big Loud is an American independent multi-sector entertainment company located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. It consists of a record label also known as Big Loud, along with music publishing and talent management divisions. Big Loud was founded in 2013 by Craig Wiseman, Joey Moi, Kevin "Chief" Zaruk, and Seth England. Artists who have recorded for Big Loud include Florida Georgia Line, Morgan Wallen, Chris Lane, Dallas Smith, and Hardy.

If I Know Me (album)

If I Know Me (album)

If I Know Me is the debut album of American country music singer Morgan Wallen. It was released April 27, 2018, through Big Loud Records. The production on the album was handled by Joey Moi and features a guest appearance by Florida Georgia Line.

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line is an American country music duo founded in 2010 by Tyler Hubbard of Georgia and Brian Kelley of Florida, both of whom are vocalists and songwriters. Their 2012 debut single "Cruise" broke two major sales records: it was downloaded over seven million times, making it the first country song ever to receive the Diamond certification, and it became the best-selling digital country song, with 24 weeks at number one, until it was surpassed in July 2017 by Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road". "Cruise" helped to pioneer a style of country music known as "bro-country", which incorporates production elements from rock and hip-hop music, and tends to cover subject matter such as partying, drinking, driving trucks and sexual attraction. Much of their subsequent music has been tagged with the "bro-country" label as well.

Chasin' You

Chasin' You

"Chasin' You" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Morgan Wallen. It was released in July 2019 as the fourth single from his 2018 studio album, If I Know Me. Wallen wrote the song, along with Jamie Moore and Craig Wiseman.

Dangerous: The Double Album

Dangerous: The Double Album

Dangerous: The Double Album is the second studio album by American country music singer Morgan Wallen. The double album was released on January 8, 2021, via Big Loud Records and Republic Records on CD, vinyl, and digital download. The production on the album was handled by Joey Moi, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome, Matt Dragstrem and Dave Cohen. It also features guest appearances by Chris Stapleton and Ben Burgess.

Billboard 200

Billboard 200

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine and is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 list in May 1967, and acquired its current name in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–1972), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–1984), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–1985) and Billboard Top Pop Albums (1985–1992).

7 Summers

7 Summers

"7 Summers" is a song by American country music singer Morgan Wallen from his second studio album, Dangerous: The Double Album (2021). Wallen wrote the song along with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, and it was produced by Joey Moi. Wallen did not originally intend to include the song on the album however, following a demo version of the song gaining popularity on social media, he decided on its inclusion. The song was officially released as the second single of the album on August 14, 2020. A country and soft rock track, it features suspended chords and guitar layering. Lyrically, Wallen sings of his lost love and reminisces about their romance that took place, as the title suggests, seven summers ago.

Disorderly conduct

Disorderly conduct

Disorderly conduct is a crime in most jurisdictions in the United States, the People's Republic of China, and Taiwan. Typically, "disorderly conduct" makes it a crime to be drunk in public, to "disturb the peace", or to loiter in certain areas. Many types of unruly conduct may fit the definition of disorderly conduct, as such statutes are often used as "catch-all" crimes. Police may use a disorderly conduct charge to keep the peace when people are behaving in a disruptive manner to themselves or others, but otherwise present no danger.

Kid Rock

Kid Rock

Robert James Ritchie, known professionally as Kid Rock, is an American singer, songwriter and rapper. His style alternates between rock, hip hop, country, and metal. A self-taught musician, he has said that he can play every instrument in his backing band and has overseen production on all but two of his albums.

COVID-19

COVID-19

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a contagious disease caused by a virus, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first known case was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The disease quickly spread worldwide, resulting in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Early life, family and education

Morgan Wallen was born to Tommy and Lesli Wallen on May 13, 1993, in Sneedville, Tennessee.[15] Tommy served for a time as a local church pastor,[16] while Lesli worked as a teacher. In his teens, the family relocated south to Knoxville, where he graduated from Gibbs High School.[17] He was a pitcher and shortstop for the school's baseball team, and hoped to continue in college, but tore his ulnar collateral ligament his senior year.[18]

As a child, Wallen took piano and violin lessons. He was raised on a diverse musical playlist, with his father exposing him to classic rock mainstays. In his teens, he gravitated towards bands like Breaking Benjamin and Nickelback, as well as rappers like Lil Wayne.[19]

Wallen has characterized his early adulthood as adrift; he worked in landscaping after high school and was disappointed by his inability to continue his baseball career.[16] He re-approached his interest in music and began learning guitar.[19] He had grown to love country music, especially artists like Keith Whitley and Eric Church, and he modeled his sound after that lineage.[19]

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Sneedville, Tennessee

Sneedville, Tennessee

Sneedville is the only city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,282 per the 2020 census.

Gibbs High School (Corryton, Tennessee)

Gibbs High School (Corryton, Tennessee)

Gibbs High School is a public high school located in Corryton, Tennessee, United States.

Baseball

Baseball

Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each, taking turns batting and fielding. The game occurs over the course of several plays, with each play generally beginning when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball that a player on the batting team, called the batter, tries to hit with a bat. The objective of the offensive team is to hit the ball into the field of play, away from the other team's players, allowing its players to run the bases, having them advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate.

Ulnar collateral ligament

Ulnar collateral ligament

Ulnar collateral ligament, may refer to:Ulnar carpal collateral ligament Ulnar collateral ligament of elbow joint Ulnar collateral ligament of thumb

Classic rock

Classic rock

Classic rock is a radio format which developed from the album-oriented rock (AOR) format in the early 1980s. In the United States, it comprises rock music ranging generally from the mid-1960s through the mid-1990s, primarily focusing on commercially successful blues rock and hard rock popularized in the 1970s AOR format. The radio format became increasingly popular with the baby boomer demographic by the end of the 1990s.

Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin is an American rock band from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, formed in 1999 by lead singer and guitarist Benjamin Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel. The first lineup of the band also included guitarist Aaron Fink and bassist Mark Klepaski. This lineup released two albums, Saturate (2002) and We Are Not Alone (2004), before Hummel was replaced by Chad Szeliga in 2005. The band released two more studio albums, Phobia (2006) and Dear Agony (2009), before entering an extended hiatus in early 2010 due to Burnley's recurring illnesses.

Nickelback

Nickelback

Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta. It is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger and drummer Daniel Adair. It went through several drummer changes between 1995 and 2005, reaching its current lineup when Adair replaced Ryan Vikedal.

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record executive. His career began in 1995, at the age of 12, when he was signed by rapper Birdman, joining Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label. From then on, Wayne was the flagship artist of Cash Money Records before ending his association with the company in June 2018. Regarded as one of the most influential hip hop artists of his generation by XXL, he has often been cited as one of the greatest rappers of all time.

Landscaping

Landscaping

Landscaping refers to any activity that modifies the visible features of an area of land, including the following:Living elements, such as flora or fauna; or what is commonly called gardening, the art and craft of growing plants with a goal of creating a beauty within the landscape. Natural abiotic elements, such as landforms, terrain shape and elevation, or bodies of water. Abstract elements, such as the weather and lighting conditions.

Keith Whitley

Keith Whitley

Jackie Keith Whitley was an American country music singer and songwriter. During his career, Whitley released only two albums but charted 12 singles on the Billboard country charts, and 7 more after his death.

Eric Church

Eric Church

Kenneth Eric Church is an American country music singer-songwriter. He has released nine studio albums through Capitol Nashville since 2005. His debut album, 2006's Sinners Like Me, produced three singles on the Billboard country charts including the top 20 hits "How 'Bout You", "Two Pink Lines", and "Guys Like Me".

Career

Early career and The Voice (2014–2017)

In 2014, Wallen competed on season six of the music competition program The Voice. He auditioned with the song "Collide" by Howie Day. Judges Shakira and Usher complimented his stylings, and Wallen joined Usher's team. He was later taken by Adam Levine's team after his second round, and later eliminated during the playoffs.[18] Wallen was disappointed by the setback, but doubled down on his ambition: "Some things in life are out of your control. Being the best you can be isn't. I didn't feel like I was the best I could have been. So I practiced harder."[19] Still, The Voice was instrumental in raising Wallen's profile, and he began to establish connections in the music industry.[17]

While in California to appear on The Voice, Wallen began working with Sergio Sanchez of Atom Smash, a vocal coach on the program. Wallen relocated to Nashville to further his career, and he and Sanchez started a temporary band: Morgan Wallen & Them Shadows.[17] Sanchez introduced Wallen to Bill Ray and Paul Trust of Panacea Records.[20] In 2015, Wallen signed to Panacea Records where he was joined by Dominic Frost on guitar and released an EP Stand Alone on August 24, 2015. "Spin You Around" was Wallen's debut single under Panacea Records; it was later certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2021.[21]

In 2015, Wallen's manager, Dirk Hemsath of Working Group Artist Management, sent a demo of Wallen to Big Loud Shirt's Seth England, who had Wallen audition for his partners in Big Loud Records. They signed Wallen to the label and the publishing company,[20] who began pairing his songs with other artists. That year, he released his debut single "The Way I Talk";[22] his first music video for the song followed in 2017.[23] Wallen co-wrote the A Thousand Horses's single "Preachin' to the Choir",[18] Dallas Smith's "The Fall",[24] as well as Jason Aldean's "You Make It Easy" with Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, and Jordan Schmidt.[25] He joined Florida Georgia Line on their Dig Your Roots Tour.[18] He collaborated with the group on the single "Up Down", his first song to reach the top five of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.[26]

Mainstream success (2018–present)

At the outset of his career, Wallen underwent a personal stylistic shift, adopting a distinctive mullet and a look that Kelefa Sanneh, profiling Wallen's rise in a piece for The New Yorker, described as "Everyman rock star [...] not just a singer but a character."[16] Wallen had decided to adopt the retro hairdo after seeing a younger photo of his father with the cut.[19] Wallen's debut studio album, If I Know Me, saw release on April 27, 2018,[27] with its third single, "Whiskey Glasses", becoming his biggest success yet.[28] The song reached the top spot on both the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts; it also marked his top 40 appearance on the all-genre Hot 100 ranking, where it placed at number 17. It was Billboard's 2019 top Hot Country song and Top Country Airplay song.[29] Sanneh characterized "Whiskey Glasses" as his signature song and a "perfectly constructed ode to a woman and a drink, lost and found, respectively."[16] In 2019, Wallen joined Florida Georgia Line on their Can't Say I Ain't Country Tour.[30] His next single, "Chasin' You", was serviced to radio in July 2019 and peaked at number two on the Hot Country Songs chart;[31][10] like its predecessor, it captured the top spot on the overall year-end tally for 2020.[19] In August 2020, If I Know Me reached No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart after a record-breaking 114 weeks.

Wallen's profile continued to rise, with a growing following on platforms like TikTok, and he developed into an unwitting sex symbol.[16] Wallen appeared on the cover of Billboard, whose headline read: "Is Morgan Wallen Country's Next Global Star?"[19] At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wallen found himself with more time to write and record material, which developed into his sophomore album, the double-disc Dangerous: The Double Album (2021),[32] which showcases a mix of country and R&B/pop balladry.[17] Dangerous was an immediate blockbuster: it debuted atop the US Billboard 200 and the Canadian Albums Chart,[33][34]; it would remain atop the Canadian chart for four consecutive weeks, and the US chart for six consecutive weeks, marking the first new album from a country artist to do that since Garth Brooks' The Chase in 1992.[35][36][37][38] Its singles—"More Than My Hometown", "7 Summers", "Sand in My Boots" and "Wasted on You"—were record-breaking hit songs that pushed Wallen farther into the national conversation. "7 Summers" earned him his first top 10 on the Hot 100, debuting and peaking at number six,[39] and was also chosen by Time as one of the best songs of the year.[40] Wallen soon became the first artist to ever chart six songs within the top 10 of Hot Country Songs chart at the same time in the week after his album's release;[41] likewise, the album charted 23 tracks on the Canadian Hot 100,[42] and 19 tracks on the Hot 100 in the U.S.[43]

Wallen, performing in Mobile, Alabama in 2021
Wallen, performing in Mobile, Alabama in 2021

Though his public image took a hit with his controversies—especially his use of a racial slur, detailed below—Wallen remained very popular.[44] In the week following the controversy, album sales of Dangerous surged. In some cases, the physical as well as digital album sales went up over 100% in the week following the controversy.[45] He remained atop the Billboard charts for seven more weeks; If I Know Me even entered the top 10 for the first time.[46] Over the ensuing years, Dangerous remained a juggernaut; Ben Sisario, writing in The New York Times, dubbed it "an unusually enduring hit".[47] It has continued to break chart records:[35] it was the best-performing album of 2021,[48] and in 2022, the album broke the record for the most weeks in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart among albums by a singular artist, surpassing a goal set a half-century before.[49] Dangerous was awarded Album of the Year at the Academy of Country Music;[50] Wallen also won Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album at the inaugural Country Now Awards.[51]

Wallen has continued to release new music, and has remained a popular draw on the road. The Dangerous Tour of arenas and amphitheaters was completely sold-out.[48][52] His single "You Proof" became his second Hot 100 hit and first to reach the top five; both "You Proof" and "Thought You Should Know" topped the country charts. Wallen also collaborated with rapper Lil Durk on the song "Broadway Girls", a top-15 hit on the Hot 100; he also performed the song live with Durk at MLK Freedom Fest in Nashville.[53] Wallen was a co-writer on the Tyler Joe Miller single "Wild as Her", released in February 2022, and the Keith Urban single "Brown Eyes Baby, released in July 2022.[54][55] In December 2022, Wallen released a sampler EP titled One Thing at a Time, featuring three songs he had been working on up until this point, titled "One Thing at a Time", "Tennessee Fan" and "Days That End in Why".[56] In 2023, Wallen will expand to stadiums with his One Night At A Time World Tour.[57]

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Collide (Howie Day song)

Collide (Howie Day song)

"Collide" is a song by American singer Howie Day. The song was written by Day and Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin, and the London Session Orchestra provided backing instrumentation on the initial album version of the song. "Collide" was released in the United States on June 1, 2004, as the second single from Day's second full-length album, Stop All the World Now (2003), and reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 a year after its release, in June 2005.

Howie Day

Howie Day

Howard Kern Day is an American singer-songwriter. Beginning his career as a solo artist in the late 1990s, Day became known for his extensive touring and in-concert use of samplers and effects pedals to accompany himself. He self-financed and self-released his first album, Australia, in 2000.

Adam Levine

Adam Levine

Adam Noah Levine is an American singer and songwriter. He serves as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the pop rock band Maroon 5. Levine began his musical career in 1994 with the band Kara's Flowers, of which he was the lead vocalist and lead guitarist. After the commercial failure of their only album, The Fourth World, the group was reformed in 2001 as Maroon 5 – with James Valentine replacing him as lead guitarist. In 2002, they released their first album, Songs About Jane, which went multi-platinum in the US; since then, they have released six more albums: It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007), Hands All Over (2010), Overexposed (2012), V (2014), Red Pill Blues (2017), and Jordi (2021). As part of Maroon 5, Levine has received multiple accolades, including three Grammy Awards.

Music industry

Music industry

The music industry consists of the individuals and organizations that earn money by writing songs and musical compositions, creating and selling recorded music and sheet music, presenting concerts, as well as the organizations that aid, train, represent and supply music creators. Among the many individuals and organizations that operate in the industry are: the songwriters and composers who write songs and musical compositions; the singers, musicians, conductors, and bandleaders who perform the music; the record labels, music publishers, recording studios, music producers, audio engineers, retail and digital music stores, and performance rights organizations who create and sell recorded music and sheet music; and the booking agents, promoters, music venues, road crew, and audio engineers who help organize and sell concerts.

Atom Smash

Atom Smash

Atom Smash is a Miami, Florida-based hard rock band consisting of Serg Gabriel Sanchez (vocals), Mark "Taco" Annino (drums), Luke "Cowboy" Rice and "Crazy" Dave Carrey (Bass) Formerly signed to Jive Records.

Paul Trust

Paul Trust

Paul Trust is an American songwriter and record producer, who has worked with recording artists such as MNQN, Starset, Morgan Wallen, Say Anything, Diecast, Endo, Jesse Strange, Atom Smash, Downplay and The Cleopatra Complex. His work has appeared in major movie soundtracks including Dracula 2000, Alone in the Dark, and The Cave. He is also known for writing and producing a large body of music for network sports. His music has appeared in The NFL on CBS, The NFL Today, CBS March Madness, The PGA on CBS, The Masters, Super Bowl 50, AFC Playoff games, The WWE and NCAA College football and basketball. In addition he wrote, produced and mixed "We Own The Night", the 2016 promotional theme for Thursday Night Football. In 2011, he wrote the song "Stand Up" which was recorded by the American Idol semi finalist, James Durbin, and produced by Howard Benson, and was part of an NFL compilation album entitled Official Gameday Music of the NFL Vol. 2.

Panacea Records

Panacea Records

Panacea Records is an independent American record label founded by Bill Ray and Paul Trust in 1993. The label has a primary focus on rock music but has branched out into electronic and country music as well. Panacea Records has released music by artists including Morgan Wallen, Atom Smash, Endo, and Sunday Driver.

Extended play

Extended play

An extended play record, usually referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single but fewer than an album or LP record. Contemporary EPs generally contain four or five tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

Recording Industry Association of America

Recording Industry Association of America

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade organization that represents the music recording industry in the United States. Its members consist of record labels and distributors that the RIAA says "create, manufacture, and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legally sold recorded music in the United States". RIAA is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Big Loud

Big Loud

Big Loud is an American independent multi-sector entertainment company located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. It consists of a record label also known as Big Loud, along with music publishing and talent management divisions. Big Loud was founded in 2013 by Craig Wiseman, Joey Moi, Kevin "Chief" Zaruk, and Seth England. Artists who have recorded for Big Loud include Florida Georgia Line, Morgan Wallen, Chris Lane, Dallas Smith, and Hardy.

Music video

Music video

A music video is a video of variable duration, that integrates a music song or a music album with imagery that is produced for promotional or musical artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a music marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings.

A Thousand Horses

A Thousand Horses

A Thousand Horses is an American country music band formed in 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The band is composed of Michael Hobby, Bill Satcher, Zach Brown, and Graham Deloach. Their first EP, A Thousand Horses, was released under Interscope Records in 2010. In 2014, the band signed with Republic Nashville of Big Machine Label Group and released its first single "Smoke", which set a record for the highest debut by a new act when it opened at number 28 on the Country Aircheck radio chart.

Controversies

In May 2020, Wallen was arrested outside Kid Rock's bar in downtown Nashville for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.[58][59] He apologized on social media for his charges.[60]

In the midsts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Wallen received backlash on social media after TikTok videos emerged of him partying at a bar in Tuscaloosa, Alabama,[3] following the Alabama vs. Texas A&M football game. The game was played on October 3, 2020, a week before his scheduled debut on Saturday Night Live on October 10, 2020. In the videos, Wallen was shown maskless, violating social distancing guidelines, singing at a house party, and kissing women.[61][62][63] On October 7, he announced that the producers of Saturday Night Live had postponed his appearance for violating the show's COVID-19 protocols.[3] Wallen went on to appear as musical guest on the December 5 episode. He appeared in a sketch that parodied the controversy.[64]

On February 2, 2021, TMZ released a video recorded on January 31 showing Wallen using the word "nigger" with friends as they were entering his Nashville home.[65][66] He issued a statement apologizing for using the racial slur.[67] As a result of the incident, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, iHeartRadio, Entercom (now Audacy, Inc.), Cumulus, and Townsquare temporarily removed Wallen's music from airplay on their stations. Wallen's songs and promotional photographs were also removed from Apple Music, Pandora and Spotify featured playlists,[68][69] though Spotify later re-added Wallen's music back to their playlists one week later.[70] CMT and the Country Music Association removed Wallen's appearances from their platforms, and Wallen's record label Big Loud (and partner Republic Records) suspended its recording contract with him indefinitely.[71][72] On February 3, 2021, the Academy of Country Music announced that Wallen and his latest album Dangerous: The Double Album would be ineligible for the 56th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.[73][74] On February 10, 2021, Wallen shot an apology video in which he asked his fans not to defend him.[75] That same day, Jason Isbell, the original singer of "Cover Me Up" announced that he would be donating all of the royalties from Wallen's cover to the NAACP.[76] Despite the controversy and ensuing backlash, Wallen's music remained popular, with his album sales in fact surging after the incident, eventually becoming 2021's best-selling album.[14][44]

In April 2021, following the surge in album sales, Wallen donated $300,000 to the Black Music Action Coalition in the names of 20 people who had counseled him following the incident. Those individuals were given the option to funnel their respective $15,000 donations to a charity of their choice, or keep the money within the BMAC.[77] On July 23, 2021, Wallen publicly spoke of his comments on Good Morning America, where he said that "he was around some of his friends, and they say dumb stuff together" and said that "he was wrong" to express those words.[78] Wallen's songs returned to country radio in August 2021 when his single "Sand in My Boots" was released.[79] Wallen was nominated for Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Country Album for the 2021 American Music Awards, but was not invited to attend the ceremony, and was consequently unable to accept any awards if he won, which he did not.[80] In response to Wallen's use of a racial slur, in April 2021 writer Holly G. founded the Black Opry, a website and touring revue dedicated to Black country music artists.[81]

Wallen performed with Ernest at the Grand Ole Opry in January 2022 to perform the latter's single "Flower Shops". This performance was immediately met with criticism by some fans and other musicians, especially as it came only six months after the Grand Ole Opry's Twitter account made a statement against racism at the institution.[82]

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Kid Rock

Kid Rock

Robert James Ritchie, known professionally as Kid Rock, is an American singer, songwriter and rapper. His style alternates between rock, hip hop, country, and metal. A self-taught musician, he has said that he can play every instrument in his backing band and has overseen production on all but two of his albums.

Public intoxication

Public intoxication

Public intoxication, also known as "drunk and disorderly" and "drunk in public", is a summary offense in some countries rated to public cases or displays of drunkenness. Public intoxication laws vary widely by jurisdiction, but usually require an obvious display of intoxicated incompetence or behavior which disrupts public order before the charge is levied.

Disorderly conduct

Disorderly conduct

Disorderly conduct is a crime in most jurisdictions in the United States, the People's Republic of China, and Taiwan. Typically, "disorderly conduct" makes it a crime to be drunk in public, to "disturb the peace", or to loiter in certain areas. Many types of unruly conduct may fit the definition of disorderly conduct, as such statutes are often used as "catch-all" crimes. Police may use a disorderly conduct charge to keep the peace when people are behaving in a disruptive manner to themselves or others, but otherwise present no danger.

COVID-19 pandemic in the United States

COVID-19 pandemic in the United States

The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is a part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). In the United States, it has resulted in 102,277,103 confirmed cases with 1,107,634 all-time deaths, the most of any country, and the twentieth-highest per capita worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic ranks first on the list of disasters in the United States by death toll; it was the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020, behind heart disease and cancer. From 2019 to 2020, U.S. life expectancy dropped by 3 years for Hispanic and Latino Americans, 2.9 years for African Americans, and 1.2 years for white Americans. These effects persisted as U.S. deaths due to COVID-19 in 2021 exceeded those in 2020, and life expectancy continued to fall from 2020 to 2021.

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Personal life

Wallen and ex-girlfriend KT Smith have a son together who was born in July 2020.[83]

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Ernest (musician)

Ernest (musician)

Ernest Keith Smith, known mononymously as Ernest, is an American country music singer. After writing songs for Morgan Wallen, Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett and Chris Lane, he signed a recording contract with Big Loud in 2019.

Hardy (singer)

Hardy (singer)

Michael Wilson Hardy, known professionally as Hardy, is an American country music singer and songwriter. He has written songs for Florida Georgia Line, Chris Lane, Blake Shelton, Dallas Smith, Thomas Rhett, and Morgan Wallen. He released his debut album A Rock for Big Loud Records, as well as the mixtape Hixtape, Vol. 1. He has charted the singles "Rednecker" and "One Beer" and was featured on "Some Things Never Change".

Parker McCollum

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Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2019 CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year "Whiskey Glasses" Nominated [84]
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year Himself Nominated [85]
2020 Academy of Country Music Awards New Male Artist of the Year Himself Nominated [86]
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year Himself Won
iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of The Year "Whiskey Glasses" Nominated
Best New Country Artist Himself Won
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Song "Whiskey Glasses" Nominated
Top Country Album If I Know Me Nominated
CMT Music Awards Male Video of the Year "Chasin You' (Dream Video)" Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Male Artist-Country Himself Nominated
Favorite Album-Country If I Know Me Nominated
2021 Billboard Music Awards Top Song Sales Artist Himself Nominated [87]
Top Country Artist Himself Won
Top Country Male Artist Himself Won
Top Country Album Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album Won
Top Country Song Morgan Wallen, "Chasin' You" Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Album of the Year Dangerous: The Double Album Nominated [88]
American Music Awards Favorite Male Artist-Country Himself Nominated [89]
Favorite Album-Country Dangerous: The Double Album Nominated
Country Now Awards Favorite Male Artist Himself Won [51]
Favorite Album Dangerous: The Double Album Won
2022 Academy of Country Music Awards Album of the Year Dangerous: The Double Album Won [90]
Country Music Association Awards Entertainer of the Year Himself Nominated
Male Vocalist of the Year Himself Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Male Country Artist Himself Won
Favorite Country Song "Wasted on You" Won

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2019 CMT Music Awards

2019 CMT Music Awards

The 2019 CMT Music Awards were held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on June 5, 2019. Little Big Town was the host for the show. The CMT Music Awards are a fan-voted awards show for country music videos and television performances; Voting takes place on CMT's website.

53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards

53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards

The 53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards were held on November 13, 2019 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The ceremony recognizes some of the best country music released during the eligibility period. Carrie Underwood hosted the event with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, celebrating legendary women in country music. "In addition to awarding the year's best and brightest in the genre, the 53rd Annual CMA Awards will celebrate the legacy of women within country music, and we couldn't think of a more dynamic group of women to host the show." said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern. For the first time in CMA history, women were nominated in every category, except Male Vocalist of the Year. However, when all was said and done, the sole female Entertainer of the Year nominee, Carrie Underwood, lost the top honor to Garth Brooks; upsetting fans and leading to Garth Brooks stepping down from the category the following year.

55th Academy of Country Music Awards

55th Academy of Country Music Awards

The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards were held in Nashville, Tennessee on September 16, 2020. Keith Urban was the host for the show. The event was originally planned to air on April 5 of the same year in Las Vegas, Nevada, but was postponed and relocated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

54th Annual Country Music Association Awards

54th Annual Country Music Association Awards

The 54th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee and was hosted by CMA Award winners Darius Rucker and Reba McEntire.

2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards

2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards

The 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards were originally scheduled to take place on March 29, 2020. The ceremony was to be hosted by Usher and air on Fox. Online listener voting on all categories continued as previously scheduled until March 23, with the Best Fan Army category remaining open for voting until March 27. The event was subsequently cancelled on August 24, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and winners were revealed on September 4 to 7, 2020. Following the cancellation, Usher would subsequently host the 2021 ceremony on May 27, 2021 instead.

2020 Billboard Music Awards

2020 Billboard Music Awards

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards were held on Wednesday October 14, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was broadcast live from NBC. Hosted by Kelly Clarkson for the third year in a row, the ceremony was sponsored by TikTok and Xfinity. The ceremony was originally scheduled for April 29, 2020, but was later postponed first indefinitely and then to October due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominees were announced on September 22, 2020. Voting opened on TikTok on October 1 and closed on October 13. Presenters were announced October 13.

2020 CMT Music Awards

2020 CMT Music Awards

The 2020 CMT Music Awards were held in Nashville, Tennessee on October 21, 2020. Kane Brown, Sarah Hyland and Ashley McBryde were the hosts for the show. The CMT Music Awards are a fan-voted awards show for country music videos and television performances; Voting takes place on CMT's website.

American Music Awards of 2020

American Music Awards of 2020

The 48th Annual American Music Awards were held on November 22, 2020, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, recognizing the most popular artists and albums of 2020. Nominees were officially announced live on October 26, 2020, on Good Morning America by Dua Lipa. Taylor Swift, the Weeknd, Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber were the most awarded artists with three awards each. Roddy Ricch and the Weeknd were the most nominated artists with eight nominations each, followed by Megan Thee Stallion with five. Taraji P. Henson hosted the ceremony.

2021 Billboard Music Awards

2021 Billboard Music Awards

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards were held on May 23, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was broadcast live from NBC, and was hosted by Nick Jonas. Musical performers were announced during a series of social media posts.

55th Annual Country Music Association Awards

55th Annual Country Music Association Awards

The 55th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The ceremony was hosted by CMA Award winner Luke Bryan.

Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year

Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year

The following list shows the recipients for the Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year. George Strait has won the most awards. Other artists with multiple wins are Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Charlie Rich, Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Chris Stapleton.

American Music Awards of 2021

American Music Awards of 2021

The 49th Annual American Music Awards were held on November 21, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, recognizing the most popular artists, singles and albums of 2021. Cardi B hosted the ceremony, following Queen Latifah (1995) as the only female rappers in history to do so. Cardi B became the first artist to win Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Song three times. BTS, Doja Cat, and Megan Thee Stallion won three awards each.

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