Despite his controversy final 12 months over a video through which he used a racial slur, Morgan Wallen is among the many recipients of particular awards handed out by the Academy of Country Music, it was introduced in the present day.
The nation musician, who confronted quite a few professional penalties and noticed his “involvement and eligibility” for the 2021 ACM Awards halted after a video surfaced in February 2021 of him yelling the N-word and different expletives, is about to obtain the ACM Milestone Award, recognizing unprecedented or excellent achievement within the area of nation music over the past calendar 12 months. The award, persevering with a comeback for Wallen in the latest months, honors the contributions of Gene Weed, who directed and produced the ACM Awards for greater than 30 years.
Wallen’s newest album, Dangerous: The Double Album, topped the charts, spending 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and 60 weeks within the prime 10, with greater than 4 million copies bought. Dangerous was additionally named album of the 12 months on the 2022 ACM Awards in March and Wallen carried out on and obtained the nation male artist of the 12 months award on the 2022 Billboard Music Awards. Wallen had been banned from the 2021 Billboard Music Awards after his controversial video surfaced. He was additionally suspended from his document label and dropped by company WME, with iHeartMedia, SiriusXM, and Pandora dropping his music from their platforms.
Past recipients of the ACM Milestone Award embody Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood.
Elsewhere, hit Paramount TV present Yellowstone will obtain the ACM Film Award, recognizing a film or collection from the previous 12 months that prominently options nation music.
Past recipients of the movie award, which honors the contributions of actor-musician Tex Ritter, embody A Star Is Born, Country Strong, Crazy Heart, Nashville, Walk the Line, and O, Brother, Where Art Thou.
Miranda Lambert will obtain the Triple Crown Award after profitable ACM Top New Female Vocalist, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year throughout her profession, receiving the ultimate award in the 2022 ACM Awards. Only seven different artists have obtained the Triple Crown Award: Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Mickey Gilley, Merle Haggard, Barbara Mandrell, and Carrie Underwood.
Chris Stapleton will obtain the ACM Spirit Award, given to a singer-songwriter who is constant the legacy of Merle Haggard by following his or her path, crafting nice songs, and epitomizing Haggard’s spirit via performances and storytelling. Shania Twain and Sonny Throckmorton will obtain the ACM Poet’s Award, given to a songwriter for his or her contributions all through their profession, recognizing partially a music or songs’ influence on the tradition of nation music.
Late ASCAP govt Connie Bradley will obtain the ACM Icon Award, given to an artist or chief who has superior the recognition of the style via their work. ACM Lifting Lives board members Paul Barnabee and Dwight Wiles will obtain the Lifting Lives award. And enterprise supervisor Duane Clark will obtain the ACM Service Award.
“ACM Honors is truly a special and unique night as the entire Country Music community comes together to celebrate the achievements of artists, musicians, and industry executives that have made a positive impact on the industry during the prior year or over their careers,” ACM CEO Damon Whiteside stated in an announcement. “Being the 15th anniversary of this event also makes it a night to remember some of the Academy’s pioneers who originally inspired these honors.”
The ACM particular award recipients will probably be acknowledged at the fifteenth annual Academy of Country Music Honors on Aug. 24 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.