won big at the Billboard Music Awards
despite the fact that he was a persona non grata at the event.
The country singer, who was barred from attending the ceremony after being caught yelling a racist
slur in a TMZ video obtained in February, won Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist, and Top Country Album for “Dangerous: The Double Album.” He was nominated for six awards.
The producers of the show emphasized (with an asterisk) in their statement announcing Wallen's awards before the broadcast that "finalists are determined by performance on the Billboard Charts, and are not chosen by a voting
committee or membership organization."
While Wallen did not get to celebrate his wins in front of a national audience (and did not appear to comment on Twitter
as of early Monday), the awards show organizers wished him well.
“It is heartening and encouraging to hear that Morgan is taking steps in his anti-racist journey and beginning to do some meaningful work
; we plan to evaluate his progress and will consider his participation in future shows,” producers said in a press release, echoing a statement given to E! in April
Wallen nearly ruined another special event, a musical guest appearance on “Saturday Night Live
,” when video of him unmasked and kissing women surfaced in October, in violation of COVID-19
protocols; the show canceled his appearance, but he returned in December.