Morgan Wallen ‘Honored’ To Accept Two Fan-Voted Country Now Awards: ‘It Means A Lot’

“I know that this is all fan voted, so that’s what means the most to me about this award,” Wallen shared.


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December 8, 2021


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Morgan Wallen; Country Now Awards

The fans have spoken and Morgan Wallen has been crowned the winner of two Country Now Awards: Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album for his record-breaking project, Dangerous: The Double Album.

The news was announced on Wednesday evening (Dec. 8) during the inaugural Country Now Awards livestream, where Wallen made a special appearance. 

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Lainey Wilson first presented Wallen as the winner in the Favorite Male Artist category. Then, ERNEST made a special appearance to reveal Wallen as the winner in the Favorite Album Category. 


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“It’s an honor. I know that this is all fan voted, so that’s what means the most to me about this award. As you guys know, it’s been an interesting year for me and my team and everyone involved and what’s been going on, but the overall response to it has really outshone everything else,” Wallen said.

He went on to share his gratitude for his fans. 

“You know, it’s easy to focus on the bad things sometimes, but you guys have made the good things so overwhelming that I get to focus on that and that means a lot to me. It means a lot that I get to accept this award on y’alls behalf, so thank you and God bless you. I appreciate you listening to my music. I appreciate you connecting with it the way you do and I hope my next albums connect the same way. Y’all be good.”


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Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album closed out the year as the best-selling album of any genre. 

In 2022, he will embark on his 54-date Dangerous Tour, which is sold out in many markets. 

The Inaugural Country Now Awards streamed on Wednesday, December 8. The winners in the 14 categories were determined by fan votes placed between November 15 and November 30 on Over 1.1 million total votes were cast.

Hosted by Country Now’s Lauren Black, the Country Now Awards featured special appearances by Brantley Gilbert, Carly Pearce, Chayce Beckham, Chelcie Lynn (a.k.a. Trailer Trash Tammy), Elle King, ERNEST, Jameson Rodgers, Jimmie Allen, Kaleb Austin, Katie Austin, Kierra Lewis, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Wallen, and Walker Hayes.

George Birge, HARDY, Jameson Rodgers, Jimmie Allen, Lainey Wilson, Restless Road and Lily Rose also performed.

The Country Now Awards live stream was in support of the Love Music. Stop Cancer. Campaign to raise awareness and support for kids with cancer and other catastrophic diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Visit to learn more about Love Music. Stop Cancer.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.