Country star Morgan Wallen will return for a second consecutive year to perform at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards. Wallen will perform the fan-favorite “98 Braves” at the Atlanta Braves home field Truist Park amid his sold-out tour. Wallen is up for 16 awards with 17 finalist entries, including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, and Top Hot 100 Artist. He joins previously announced BBMA performers David Guetta and Bebe Rexha, Karol G, NewJeans, and Peso Pluma.
“’98 Braves” peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year, the week Wallen’s One Thing at a Time album debuted. His latest album spent 16 nonconsecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200, while its single “Last Night” spent 16 nonconsecutive weeks atop the all-genre Hot 100.
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Wallen was banned from the 2021 Billboard Music Awards and other awards shows after a scandal in which he was seen using a racial slur on video. After he mounted an apology tour and spoke with Black organizations about his mistake, he was reinstated by his record label and returned last year to perform at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.
Wallen is tied with SZA with 17 entries each, followed by The Weeknd (16); Drake and Zach Bryan (14); Luke Combs (10); 21 Savage, Metro Boomin and Miley Cyrus (nine each); Beyoncé and Rema (seven each); Bad Bunny and Peso Pluma (six each); and Ariana Grande, Guetta, Eslabon Armado, Karol G, NewJeans and Selena Gomez (five each).
Taylor Swift, the most decorated female BBMAs artist of all time with 29 wins, leads as a finalist in 20 categories, the most of any artist this year.
The Billboard Music Awards will be presented on Sunday, November 19. The 2023 Billboard Music Awards Presented by Marriott Bonvoy is produced by Dick Clark Productions. Performances and awards will roll out across BBMAs and Billboard social channels, as well as via BBMAs.watch beginning at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
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