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Morgan Wallen to perform at Billboard Music Awards after being banned in 2021


Morgan Wallen will perform at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards later this month, a little over a year after footage of the country singer saying the N-word emerged, causing major backlash for the singer.

The Billboard Awards is set to take place on May 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will mark the first performance at a major awards ceremony for Wallen since last year’s controversy saw him banned from that year’s Country Music Awards, American Music Awards and the Billboard Music Awards.

Video emerged of Wallen saying the racial slur back in February of 2021, just a month after the release of his second album, ‘Dangerous’. The musician was quickly dropped from radio stations and playlists, and suspended from his label Big Loud. However despite the controversy, Wallen saw a surge in album sales.  Wallen said in a statement at the time: “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 apologise for using the word. I promise to do better.”

Wallen has definitely made a comeback; earlier this year he kicked off a North American tour in support of ‘Dangerous’, and last month he won ‘Album of the Year’ at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

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