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Morgan Wallen performs at The Cowan at Topgolf on June 3, 2019 in Nashville.

MORGAN WALLEN is still being punished for his N-word controversy.  This time it’s the “Billboard Music Awards” . . . and the whole thing is pretty awkward.

They announced their nominees yesterday, and Morgan is a finalist in five categories.  And yet, he won’t be allowed to participate in the ceremony.  So why is he even nominated?  It’s because they don’t have a voting committee. 

Their awards are determined by performance on the Billboard charts, and we all know that he dominated the country charts this year.

Anyway, here’s their statement:  “Morgan Wallen is a finalist this year based on charting.  As his recent conduct does not align with our core values, we will not be including him on the show in any capacity [performing, presenting, accepting.]

“It is heartening and encouraging to hear that he is taking steps in his anti-racist journey and starting to do some meaningful work.  We plan to evaluate his progress and will consider his participation in future shows.”

(Morgan has SIX total nominations but can only win five awards.  That’s because he’s up twice in the Top Country Songs category . . . for “Chasin’ You” and “More Than My Hometown”.  The “Billboard Music Awards” are May 23rd.)