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Morgan Wallen makes surprise appearance at MLK Freedom Fest

Morgan Wallen made a surprise study MLK Freedom Fest in Nashville on Saturday (January 15), approaching stage all the design through Lil Durk’s diagram.

His attendance at the tournament named after and honouring the civil rights chief comes almost a twelve months after the country enormous name became filmed announcing a racial slur.

Lil Durk introduced Wallen out all the design through his diagram to bear their collaboration ‘Broadway Ladies’. Introducing the musician onstage, he mentioned Wallen became “honorable at coronary heart” and added: “Can’t no one murder shit without me announcing it, you already know what I’m announcing?”

Wallen became greeted by some cheers as he mentioned “What’s up Nashville?” and the song kicked in. Gaze footage of the moment under.

Following footage emerging of the country musician uttering a racial slur in February 2021 – one thing he later apologised for and mentioned that had took put aside because he became “on hour 72 of 72 on a bender” – he confronted a elephantine backlash from the tune enterprise. He became dropped by his reserving agent and suspended by his file be aware, while his songs enjoy been pulled from radio and streaming playlists for some time.

Wallen became also ineligible to aid or dangle any trophies at the 2021 Country Tune Awards and Academy Of Country Tune Awards.

In September last twelve months, it became reported that Wallen had only donated a third of a pledged $500,000 (£366k) to Unlit-led organisations. He had promised to donate the money after he saw a spike in sales following the backlash in opposition to him. “We tried to calculate … how indispensable it had spiked from this incident,” he explained all the design through an interview on True Morning The US.

“We received to a host somewhere around $500,000, and we determined to donate that money to some organisations, BMAC [the Black Music Action Coalition] being the principle one.” Two months after Wallen’s pledge, he had only given $165,000 (£121k).

Earlier this month, Wallen made one more surprise study Nashville’s Big Ole Opry venue. His performance became criticised by a reputation of artists including Jason Isbell and The Unlit Opry, an influential collective of Unlit country tune artists and their supporters.

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