Country singer Morgan Wallen not eligible for Solo CMA Awards – Deadline
Country singer Morgan Wallen, disqualified from some music awards and largely abandoned by country radio since the racist video surfaced in February, will not be eligible for this year’s best solo CMA Awards, but will be able to compete in categories collaborative projects such as album or song of the year.
Some awards, including the Academy of Country Music Awards and the CMT Music Awards, have excluded Wallen entirely from this year’s competitions.
Wallen will not be eligible in CMA’s coveted categories as Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.
The decision to allow Wallen’s eligibility in the group’s categories came as CMA’s board of directors today announced the appointment schedule. In a press release, the CMA said eligibility for Wallen’s 2021 CMA Awards will be limited to “categories that honor artistic works (Single, Song, Album, Music Event, and Music Video of the Year categories), in order to not to limit the opportunities of other credited employees. He will not be eligible for nomination in the Individual Artist categories (Male Artist and Singer of the Year categories). “
The first nomination ballot will be sent to CMA voters on July 6.
Wallen was voted Best New Artist at last year’s CMA Awards. Despite limited airing from the radio and streaming service since its video use of a racial epithet aired on TMZ in February, has seen sales of its Dangerous: the double album ascend. He is nominated in several categories for this Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, including Best Country Artist.