For possibly the first time in the CMA Awards’ 55-year history, one of its nominees is expressly not invited to the party: Morgan Wallen.
The Country Music Association “will not be inviting Morgan Wallen to appear” at the November ceremony, a CMA spokesperson confirmed with USA TODAY Network.
The decision is yet another consequence for the 28-year-old’s actions at the start of the year, when he was caught on video using a racial slur outside of his Nashville home.
Despite this stance, one of the night’s top prizes could still go to Wallen. He earned one nomination this year for his “Dangerous: The Double Album,” which is up for album of the year.
In May, the CMA’s board of directors decided to remove him from the artist-only Entertainer and Vocalist ballots, while allowing him to still be nominated for awards recognizing albums, songs, music videos and other works, “so as to not limit the opportunity for other credited collaborators.”