Sunday, May 26, 2024

Country Awards Stick to their Guns: No Morgan Wallen for Big Show on April 18th Thanks to “N” Word Video


Morgan Wallen is still paying for his TMZ video in which he’s heard using the “N” word.

Despite selling a gazillion albums this winter, Wallen won’t be on the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18th on CBS.

The show will be hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, the first real Black country female star ever. (She’s even bigger than that. She’s a star!)

They’ve booked 25 stars to perform including Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton, Ryan Hurd, Jack Ingram, Alan Jackson, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, Carly Pearce, Jon Randall, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, The War and Treaty, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, CeCe Winans, and Chris Young.

That’s the creme de le creme of country, but no Wallen. Does he mind? I doubt it. He’s counting his money and wondering where it all went wrong.

Over 25 artists will perform more than 30 songs from three iconic Country Music venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Cafe.

Since attending the Country Music Awards last winter may have killed the legendary Charley Pride, the ACM’s note this on a press release regarding COVID:

“The health and safety of the artists, fans, industry, staff and partners involved in the ACM Awards is the number one priority. All guidelines set forth by national, state and local health officials will be closely followed and implemented during the production along with additional safety measures to be instated by dick clark productions and the Academy of Country Music.”

Let’s see who’s wearing a mask on this show.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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