Should Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album win album of the year at Nov. 10’s 55th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, the artist will not be allowed to accept the trophy.
Following the release of a Feb. 2 video that showed Wallen using a racial slur, he was dropped from most radio stations and his label, Big Loud/Republic, temporarily suspended him. Awards shows, including the Academy of Country Music, also banned him.
In late May, the CMA Awards announced that they would allow Wallen, the reigning new artist of the year, to be eligible in categories that honor artistic works (single, song, album, musical event, and music video of the year), “so as not to limit opportunity for other credited collaborators,” in the words of the CMA. But he would not be eligible in individual artist categories (entertainer and male vocalist of the year). He and his collaborators subsequently received an album of the year nod earlier this month.