New billboards protest Morgan Wallen‘s limited eligibility for the CMT Awards 2021 has surfaced around Nashville, Tennessee ahead of Wednesday’s show.
Pictures show the large, illuminated sign that stands on Broadway in Music City. The boards make it clear that they were funded by fans.
The first line of the giant signs reads: “Fans speak.”
“Enough is enough,” the statement continues on billboards. “Music industry, we want to be heard!”
The red and white billboards also have a logo on Wallen’s signature mule along with “Mark 11:25”, a Bible verse and the phrase “gaht”
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Country Music Association spokeswoman Catharine McNelly confirmed in May that Wallen will not be eligible for individual artist categories, such as entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year. The decision was made by the CMA’s board. The board decided that the 28-year-old artist could still be nominated for awards recognizing an artistic work, such as album of the year, song of the year, single of the year, music event and music video, “not to limit the possibility of other credited collaborators.”
This is the second time billboards in support of Wallen have appeared in Nashville. In April, at least six billboards appeared at high-volume intersections in downtown Nashville with the message “His Fan’s Entertainment of the Year. Support that boy from ‘East Tennessee!’ Awards (ACMs), of which he was also considered ineligible.
Wallen faced setbacks in February after being caught on camera in a leaked video using the N-word, leading to major radio chains like iHeartRadio pulling his songs from stations. His record label Big Loud Records also suspended him.
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He was already one of the country’s biggest stars with crossover hits like “Whiskey Glasses” when the video was released on TMZ in February. Wallen has apologized for using the slur, and radio stations and streaming services dropped him from playlists, but his album sales rose.
His “Dangerous: The Double Album” spent 10 consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 chart of all genres as well as 12 weeks as the best country album. He is only one of four country artists to have an album that spends 10 weeks at No. 1 among singers such as Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus and Taylor Swift.
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Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini are hosting this year’s show, which has seen Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert earn the most nominations with four each. A handful of artists are ready to take the stage as Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan, while R&B stars HERE and Gladys Knight also perform.
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The broadcast will be broadcast on Wednesday 9 June at 20 ET / kl. 19 CT on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia.
A Wallen representative did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.