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Darius Rucker Wants Everyone to Forgive Morgan Wallen

Darius Rucker Wants Everyone to Forgive Morgan Wallen

“The fact that Morgan Wallen is not up for Entertainer of the Year and stuff like that is insane”

During a recent episode of Rolling stone‘S Music Now PodcastHootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker has opened up about his feelings toward Morgan Wallen and his infamous use of the N-word. According to Rucker, it’s time for big shots like the CMAs and ACMs to forgive the hugely popular star.

“I think Morgan has become a better person since then,” Rucker said in the interview. “I’ve known Morgan for a long time. Since everything that’s happened, Morgan has really tried to improve himself and become a better person and see the world in a much better, better way.”

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Rucker continued, “He’s still not out for the CMAs and the ACMs. They can say what they want, but the fact that Morgan Wallen is not up for Entertainer of the Year and stuff like that is insane. Nobody sells more tickets than Morgan.”

Wallen first came under fire for his use of the N-word in 2021, when a video of him using it surfaced online. Wallen immediately released a statement apologizing for his behavior.

“I am ashamed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I would like to take back,” he said. “There is no excuse for using this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”

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Despite the controversy and the loss of radio airplay and his eligibility for ACM awards, his music remained hugely popular, even scoring a number one album in the weeks following with Dangerous: The Double Album. In the years since, he has continued to dominate the country music scene, with major hits like 2023’s “Last Night.”

Wallen, for his part, has taken a series of actions to show his remorse. He donated songwriting royalties to the NAACP and also pledged $500,000 to black-led organizations. He has apparently been embraced again by the public and the industry, as he has performed at the Billboard Music Awards and collaborated with artists like Post Malone.

Wallen hasn’t been able to keep his criminal record completely clean, however. In April, he was charged with throwing a chair off the roof of a Nashville bar.

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