Morgan Wallen Officially Disqualified by the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards

The Board of Directors at the Country Music Association has officially disqualified Morgan Wallen from its upcoming Awards show in November. But they are allowing limited eligibility to allow Morgan collaborators to win accolades.

The Country Music Association (CMA) is now the latest music industry organization to cancel Morgan Wallen. The Association has officially disqualified the country singer from its upcoming CMA Awards in November, a move that closely follows disqualifications by the Academy of Country Music (for the ACM Awards) and Billboard and Dick Clark Productions (for the Billboard Music Awards). CMA members will start voting on July 6th.

The Country Music Association did allow limited eligibility for Wallen in certain “collaborative” categories, specifically to allow co-creators to win accolades. “The Board of Directors has voted to amend Morgan Wallen’s 2021 CMA Awards eligibility,” the organization emailed this morning. “[Wallen] will be eligible in categories that honor artistic works (Single, Song, Album, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year categories), so as not to limit opportunities for other credited collaborators. He will not be eligible for nomination in the individual artist categories (Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year categories).”

The Association didn’t specify why Morgan Wallen was being blocked, but the reasons are undoubtedly tied to Wallen’s utterance of a racial slur in early February.

Wallen was recorded saying the n-word to address a friend outside of his home in Nashville, and has since been removed by most major broadcast radio stations, Sirius XM satellite radio channels, and Country Music Television,among others. Additionally, Wallen was scrubbed from major country playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming music platforms, and was terminated by touring agent William Morris Endeavor.

But many are now breaking ranks with Wallen’s mass-cancellation. Under heavy pressure from listeners, a number of country radio stations have resumed playing Wallen’s music, and Pandora (which is owned by Sirius XM) has reintegrated the artist into its radio stations.

Perhaps most notably, Wallen’s record label, Big Loud/Republic (UMG), has officially reinstated the singer after suspending him in early February. Leading up to that reinstatement, Big Loud CEO Seth England stated that “cancellation is a slippery slope” while confirming that his label regarded Wallen as family (though we didn’t realize family members could be ‘suspended’).

The Country Music Association obviously doesn’t feel the same way — and certainly isn’t willing to forgive the singer.

Instead, the Association will have to pretend that Wallen — who is easily the most successful country artist of 2021 — doesn’t exist during their November awards show. At this stage, it’s unclear if Wallen’s name will even be mentioned during the show, even if he wins in one of his eligible collaborative categories.

Earlier, the Country Music Association basically blotted Wallen out of existence during their April awards show. Similarly, the upcoming Billboard Music Awards will also be removing Wallen from its high-profile presentation, though Billboard and Dick Clark Productions will include Wallen in its nomination lists, which are determined by chart rankings and sales data.

The impact on viewer ratings for both the Billboard Music Awards and CMA Awards could be severe. Earlier, the ACM Awards suffered its lowest ratings ever, part of a broader plunge in awards show ratings. Whether Wallen’s disqualification played into that result is difficult to determine, though a number of Wallen fans urged a boycott of the show.

15 Responses

  1. Dallas

    Wow, banned for a November show. That’s pretty extreme.

  2. BTEzra

    CMA Awards? Please. Wallen already is back playing live and back with his label Big Loud plus having the best year of his career ever.

  3. Tony Gottlieb

    An entire genre of the music ubiquitously uses the N word but Wallen, drunk at his own house, secretly filmed, uses it as a term of endearment towards one of his posse and the board of the “Country” Music industry award show becomes the new arbiter of woke. That is laughably pathetic.

    • Lower East

      I’m a pretty liberal guy on pretty much everything but this one’s catching me a little strange… I just don’t understand why this guy needs to be broiled and canceled, is this really good for the industry?

    • Angelito

      Amen. Madness, and the CMA just authored its own death warrant.

  4. Roderick Tomlinson

    What is the obsession that DMN has with Wallen? Other media sources don’t cover this guy half as much. Every day there is a story (non-story) on him. There isn’t a day that goes by without him being one of the stories on the home page.

    Paul, care to comment?

    • DGR

      Hmm…. maybe because Morgan Wallen is the best selling artist of 2021?

      • RT

        Wrong answer. That’s one story, at most, and not completely necessary, really. DMN has chosen to post over 15 stories in the past month or so that chronicle every time he takes a breath. You don’t see that as overkill?

      • Vox Populi

        Not only has Wallen sold more albums than anyone this year, he’s also the most talked about.

  5. Al Jolson

    Watch the CMA collapse. Woketards insulting their main fan base.

    • Pat

      That won’t happen. It hasn’t happened with any other other magazines or shows that you keep posting that about.

      • Al Jolson

        You have not followed ratings on any of these woketard shows. All are collapsing, and the same will happen to the CMA.

        • Marge

          You love to make up stories that you then believe. Nothing is going away or collapsing. Things are different because how life is different; not anything having to do with Wallen. Keep living in your own fantasy world.

          • Al Jolson

            Tell that to the Emmys, Tonys, Golden Globes. Those leftist puketards are panicking because they know they cannot force anyone to watch.

            You are the derelict.