Sunday, June 16, 2024

Morgan Wallen Wins Best Album, Forgiven by Academy of Country Music for Using the N Word


Morgan Wallen’s time in purgatory is over.

Last night, Wallen won Album of the Year from the Academy of Country Music. His “Dangerous Double Album” took the big prize.

Last year, Wallen was momentarily ostracized for using the “N” word, caught on a video tape that wound up on TMZ. His record label and manager temporarily suspended him, then forgot about it because he was making millions for them.

Country music fans didn’t care much either. They kept buying “Dangerous” by the boatload, so much so that it was the best selling album of the year. So far, “Dangerous” has sold about 5.7 million copies, most of it streaming equivalent. Actual sales are around 305,000 according to MRC Music Connect.

So all is forgiven. What the heck? Money talks, and that’s the bottom line.


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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