The Country Music Association announced the ballot scheduled for the 55th Annual CMA Awards on Friday (May 21) and also revealed Morgan Wallen’s eligibility for the upcoming awards ceremony.
According to Music Row, the CMA Board of Directors voted to amend his 2021 CMA Award eligibility and allow him to be eligible for certain categories only. The publication reports that he will be allowed to receive nominations in categories that honor artistic works such as Single of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year, however, Wallen will remain ineligible for nominations in the individual artist categories such as Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.
The CMA Board of Directors reportedly amended the eligibility to allow Wallen’s collaborators to be nominated, “so as to not limit the opportunity for other credited collaborators,” according to Catharine McNelly, a CMA spokeswoman.
Morgan Wallen is the current CMA New Artist of the Year. He received the award last November during the 54th Annual CMA Awards.
The Country Music Association will release the first ballot for the 2021 CMA Awards on July 6.
Wallen returned to the stage for the first time since early February this week, popping up at Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk & Steakhouse on Wednesday evening (May 19).