Morgan Wallen Pays Tribute to 1998 Atlanta Braves at 2023 Billboard Music Awards

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Morgan Wallen paid tribute to the 1998 Atlanta Braves team during their performance at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards.

The country singer, 30, sang “’98 Braves” from the team’s current stadium, Truist Park in Atlanta, during the awards ceremony on Sunday, November 19. Members of the 1998 team were on hand for the show since the song is an ode to their winning record of 106 regular season games in 1998, although they did not win the World Series that year. The track was featured on Wallen’s 2023 album, One thing at a timeand peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier this year.

Wallen is nominated for 16 awards at the 2023 BBMAs, including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist, Top Country Album and Top Country Song. It is linked with SZA for the second biggest nod. Taylor Swift leads the pack with nominations in 20 categories.

Wallen’s performance from Truist Park is part of a new model for the BBMAs. Instead of a traditional network broadcast, the awards ceremony this year is digital and features performances and celebrations of winners from around the world, including during the artists’ tours. Wallen is in the middle of his One night at a time tour, which will run through August 2024, and he performed concerts in Atlanta on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11.

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Wallen was notably banned from the 2021 BBMAs after using the N-word in a video that appeared in February. However, he still won Best Male Country Artist, Best Country Artist, and Best Country Album at that year’s ceremony. He returned to the awards show in 2022, performing and receiving Top Country Male Artist.


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Related: Morgan Wallen’s Career Ups and Downs Over the Years

The bad boy of country music. Morgan Wallen has faced a series of controversies throughout his career. The “Whiskey Glasses” singer made his debut on season 6 of The Voice in 2014, where he was a member of Adam Levine’s team but was eliminated in the playoffs. Two years after its appearance on the […]

Most recently, Wallen was forced to cancel six weeks of concerts due to a vocal injury. “I received bad news from [my] doctors,” he said in an Instagram post in May. “After 10 days of vocal rest, I played three concerts last weekend in Florida and by the third one I felt terrible. So I went in and was scanned yesterday, and they told me I had injured my vocal cords again and I had vocal cord trauma. Their advice is that I rest vocally for six weeks, so that’s what I’m going to do.

The following month, Wallen announced that he had been given the green light to resume performing concerts. “The doc cleared me to speak and sing,” he wrote via Instagram in June. “We are back.”

2023-11-20 12:31:22
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