Nation singer Morgan Wallen returned to the awards present stage on the 2022 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday for the primary time since his racial slur scandal, however some viewers have been outraged with the efforts to “un-cancel” him.
It has been over a yr because the 29-year-old singer, who hails from Tennessee, was caught on video using the N-word in February 2021. Amid backlash to the video, Wallen’s music was briefly dropped from radio stations and his recording contract with Massive Loud Label was suspended.
Wallen did not handle the controversy as he carried out on stage at the MGM Grand Backyard Enviornment in Las Vegas, the place he sang “Don’t Think Jesus” and “Wasted on You” and was later introduced with the High Nation Male Artist award.
Host Sean “Diddy” Combs stated in an interview with Billboard days earlier than the ceremony that “one of the things I’m doing directly is un-canceling the canceled.”
“The temper of the present is about love and forgiveness. As a musical household, none of us are saints; none of us are with out issues that occur to them in life,” he said.
“Travis went by means of a tragedy; Morgan [used the N-word] whereas speaking to his boy,” he continued. “Folks make errors. Now we’re transferring on with love and respect for everyone that was damage or affected. It’s time to forgive. To have Morgan and Travis have the ability to come again and contact the stage once more with the mindset of getting a second likelihood at life.”
Some viewers balked at Wallen’s performance and Diddy’s stance to “un-cancel” him.
“Sorry, we don’t help racists, subsequent …” one social media person wrote on Twitter.
“Morgan Wallen is a white man caught on digital camera slinging the n phrase round, and but Diddy thinks it’s price ‘uncancelling’ him? It’s not about cancel tradition. It’s about Morgan Wallen being despicable,” one other particular person tweeted.
Some Twitter customers famous that giving Wallen a platform felt particularly tone deaf because the ceremony honored Tamika Mallory, a Black social justice advocate. The present additionally made reference to the Saturday shooting at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket that left 10 lifeless — an act police are calling a hate crime and the place a majority of the victims have been Black.
“Diddy ‘uncanceling’ morgan wallen and having him carry out on the present whereas awarding tamika mallory an award for her dedication to activism is senseless,” one Twitter person wrote, noting Mallory was awarded the REVOLT Black Excellence Award.
“The billboard music awards making a complete speech in regards to the mass capturing in buffalo solely to have morgan wallen carry out two songs 15 minutes later lmfao what a joke,” one spectator tweeted.
“Morgan Wallen simply accepted the Billboard Award for greatest male nation artist like nobody even cares that he throw across the N-word prefer it’s no large deal,” another added.
“Yall letting mr racist win??” one Twitter user questioned.
In wake of the scandal, Wallen issued a video apology final yr on his Instagram account, saying he used the phrase after a 72-hour bender.
“I used to be mistaken. It’s on me to take possession of this and I absolutely settle for any penalties I’m going through,” he said.
He revealed he met with unnamed Black leaders and members of the Black community following the controversy noting, “I’ll admit to y’all I was pretty nervous to accept those invitations from the very people I hurt.”
“I got here away from these discussions with a deep appreciation for them and a clearer understanding of the burden of my phrases. I want the circumstances have been totally different for me to be taught this stuff, however I’m additionally glad it began the method for me to take action.”
Regardless of the scandal, Wallen’s music has proved to be a success, touchdown him nominations on the Billboard Music Awards for High Billboard 200 Artist, High Nation Artist, in addition to High Nation Male Artist. The “7 Summers” singer is at present within the midst of a tour slated to finish in September.