Morgan Wallen He paid tribute to the 1998 Atlanta Braves during his performance at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards.
The country singer, 30, sang “98 Braves” from the team’s current home stadium, Truist Park in Atlanta, during the awards ceremony on Sunday, November 19. Members of the 1998 team were present for the performance as the song is an ode to their record of winning 106 regular season games in 1998 despite not securing the World Series that year. The track appeared on Wallen’s 2023 album, One thing at a timepeaking at number 27 on painting 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 Artist, Top Country Album, and Top Country Song. It is tied with SZA For the second largest number of gestures. Taylor Swift He 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 webcast, the awards ceremony went digital this year and features performances and celebrations of winners from around the world, such as artist tour stops. And now in the middle of it One night at a time The tour will continue through August 2024, and he has shows in Atlanta on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11.
Wallen was specifically banned from the 2021 BBMAs after he used the N-word in a video that surfaced in February of that year. However, he did win Best Country Artist, Best Country Artist and Best Country Album at the ceremony that year. He returned to the awards show in 2022, where he performed and was named Country Artist of the Year.
Most recently, Wallen had to cancel six weeks of concerts due to a vocal injury. “I’ve received some bad news from… [my] Doctors, he said in an Instagram post in May. “After 10 days of vocal rest, I played three shows last weekend in Florida, and by the third show I felt bad. So I went in and had an endoscopy yesterday, and they told me I had injured my vocal cords and had vocal fold trauma. Their advice is to rest vocally for a while.” Six weeks, that’s what I’ll do.
The following month, Wallen announced that he had been given the green light to resume performing. “The doc allowed me to speak and sing,” he wrote on Instagram in June. “we, re back.”