“As our content reaches millions of viewers, dcp and MRC have the privilege and responsibility to create change by creating greater dialogue in our productions and across the industry,” said a statement from Dick Clark Productions that produce the Billboard Music Awards. “Morgan Wallen is a chart-based finalist this year. As his recent behavior is inconsistent with our core values, we will in no way involve him in the show (perform, present, accept).”
He apologized at the time and said in a statement: “I am embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial fraud that I would like to take back. There are no excuses for ever using that type of language. Me would like to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better. “
But the backlash was quick when its record label Big Loud announced it had suspended his contract indefinitely and companies like iHeartMedia were picking up his music from radio stations.
“I found that time to be very valuable to me in many ways, but I feel like I need a little more of it and so won’t be doing tour dates this summer,” he wrote. “It means I’m not going to play festivals or Luke Bryan’s tour dates. But personally, if you can, I care to go to those shows anyway – support country music. Country music is back and that’s one damn nice thing. “
This year’s Billboard Music Awards will air live on NBC on May 23rd.