In the early days of 2022, Morgan Wallen took a moment to reflect on the tumultuous year behind him, thanking those who were unwavering in their support and expressing optimism for the year ahead.
2021 has been an eventful year for Wallen, to say the least. In early February, TMZ released video camera footage that showed the singer saying goodbye to a car full of friends at the end of a long night out, shouting a racist insult – the N word – as he did. The music industry reacted quickly: Wallen was removed from many country radio station playlists, disqualified from major awards shows, and his contract was put on “indefinite hiatus” by his record company.
Wallen retired from the limelight for much of the year, canceling his planned touring schedule and halting the promotion for its January 2021 release, Dangerous: the double album.
Despite the fact that fans didn’t see the singer himself much, or listen to his music on the radio, they haven’t forgotten Wallen: Dangerous spent 10 weeks at the top of Billboard Hot 200 chart in 2021 and was also # 1 on that chart at the end of the year, becoming the fourth country album to hit that benchmark.
Many fans have expressed their support for the singer in his absence, and ahead of the spring 2021 ACM Awards – an awards show from which Wallen had been banned – billboards began appearing around Nashville, calling him “public’s choice” for the artist of the year.
In February, Wallen asked zealous fans to stop defending him, saying in a video on social media: “I was wrong. It’s up to me to make this my own, and I fully accept all penalties. that I would face. “
He went on to say that he appreciated the support of his fans, but for now, he wanted them to step down.
However, in his recent post reflecting the year behind him, Wallen expresses his appreciation for the fans who have stayed by his side.
“Thanks to everyone who believed in me and continued to believe in me, even when it wasn’t the popular thing to do,” he writes. “Thank you to my family, band, friends and fans for supporting me and supporting me as so many people came for me. I hope my heart showed through the noise.”
Wallen also acknowledges how it has been a tumultuous year for him, saying, “I could write a book about 2021. And I probably will someday.” In the meantime, the singer looks to the year to come.
“I enter 2022 feeling inspired and free. Inspired to create from the bottom of my heart and free to share these creations with you,” Wallen continues. “I am so proud of how far I have come. I still feel like this is just the beginning. God bless you all.[.] Crush this year. “
The singer has started to make his comeback in the limelight in recent months. He plans a long series of appointments called the Dangerous The tour, featuring openers Hardy and Larry Fleet, will begin in February. He also recently lent his voice to the group Hardy Hixtape Vol. 2, which was released in February, and collaborated with rapper Lil Durk on a song called “Broadway Girls.” Most recently, he appeared alongside newcomer Ernest in the new song in the latter act, “Flower Shops”.
Meanwhile, Wallen’s racist slurs scandal continues to leave many listeners with doubts about his status as a country music superstar. In an interview in July with Hello americaMichael Strahan, the singer has pledged $ 500,000 in donations to several black-run organizations, however, Rolling stone later questioned exactly where this money had landed, or even if these donations had been made.
Wallen’s manager Seth England told USA today that $ 300,000 had been donated to the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC), but that the money had not been donated on behalf of Wallen, but on behalf of 20 people who had “advised” the singer after his use of the N-word. Of the remaining $ 200,000, half went to Rock Against Racism via Big Loud Records, while the remaining $ 100,000 was allocated to Back-led-led organizations in Tennessee by the end of the year. “, according to USA today.