American country music star Morgan Wallen won Album of the Year at the 57th Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, a year after being suspended by a record label for using racial slurs. .
His singer did not directly address the incident as he accepted his award at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas but thanked those who “showed me grace along the way”.
A video, first published by US media outlet TMZ in early 2021, shows Wallen shouting profanities and racial slurs outside a home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Wallen said in a statement to TMZ that he was embarrassed and apologized for the “unacceptable and inappropriate” behavior.
Along with being suspended indefinitely by Big Loud Records, he was also excluded from last year’s ACM vote.
“The Academy does not tolerate or support intolerance or conduct that is inconsistent with our commitment and dedication to diversity and inclusion,” ACM said in a statement following the incident. .
In his acceptance speech for the award he won for Dangerous: The Double Album, he thanked his fans, collaborators, and Jesus.
“When I started this album, I was a kid. By the time I spoke out, I was already a father, and that became more important to me than anything else,” he said.
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“For my son, this album and this award will signify that his father is a martial artist and that he followed his dreams and worked hard to make them come true. my close friends, my band… and everyone who has shown me grace along the way. ”
The annual awards show returned to Nevada this year after previously airing from various US locations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
United States legend Dolly Parton presided over the ceremony and dedicated it to Ukrainians caught up in the ongoing conflict.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/morgan-wallen-wins-acm-album-of-the-year-after-being-suspended-for-racial-slur-41422019.html Morgan Wallen Wins ACM Album Of The Year After Being Suspended For Racism