Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Morgan Wallen Remains a Pariah with the Grammy Awards, CBS, Despite Selling 5 Million Copies of New Album This Year


Morgan Wallen is still in the dog house.

The Grammy Awards are ignoring him despite his “One Thing at a Time” album selling 5 million copies since March.

Wallen was discovered using the “n” on a video two years ago. His fans didn’t care and kept buying his records. His “Dangerous Double Album” has sold 2 million copies in 2023. (Numbers are mostly from streaming equivalent.)

But the Grammys are not so forgiving — and neither is CBS. Wallen may have been welcomed back by his record company and agents, but the main music awards and the Tiffany network don’t want him on their air. He remains a pariah. A song he sang is nominated for Best Country Song, but Wallen himself is not nominated. (At least they didn’t punish the writers of “Last Night.”)

The incident happened on February 3, 2021, when Wallen was video’d on a front door camera, drunk, using the word to describe his friend. The video went viral instantly.

Wallen apologized, but apparently that’s not enough — not in cancel culture. You can’t imagine Black artists in the Grammy audience watching him perform. So it’s not going to happen — probably never. It’s just as well.

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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