Morgan Wallen Thanks God, Family, and Fans After Winning Top Country Male Artist at BBMAs

Morgan Wallen was named Top Country Male Artist at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs). The East Tennessee native was…


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May 15, 2022

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Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy BBMAs

Morgan Wallen was named Top Country Male Artist at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs).

The East Tennessee native was on hand at the MGM Garden Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday evening (May 15) to accept the award from presenter Pusha T.

Pusha T and Morgan Wallen; Photo by: Rich Polk/NBC
Pusha T and Morgan Wallen; Photo by: Rich Polk/NBC

“Man, I’d like to say thank God, thank my fans, I got the best damn fans,” Wallen said, before he honored his mother, Lesli, and his 1-year-old son, Indigo Wilder.

Morgan Wallen; Photo by: Rich Polk/NBC
Morgan Wallen; Photo by: Rich Polk/NBC

“Thank you to my mama for being my date tonight, I wouldn’t be here without you,” Wallen continued. ”Thank you to the Billboards for inviting me here. Thank you to my team, thank you to my family, my friends. Thank you to my little boy for inspiring me every single day. God bless y’all.”

Chris Stapleton and Luke Combs were also nominated in the Top Country Male Artist category. 

During the show, Morgan Wallen also performed his new release, “Don’t Think Jesus,” as well as “Wasted On You,” a track from his record-breaking sophomore project, Dangerous: The Double Album. The performance marked Wallen first major awards show performance in over a year since the n-word controversy. 

Ahead of the show, Wallen walked the red carpet with his mom at his side.

Hosted by Sean “Diddy” Combs, the 2022 Billboard Music Awards broadcasted live on NBC coast-to-coast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. The show also streamed live on Peacock.

The BBMAs featured a star-studded lineup with performances by Becky G (“Baile Con Mi Ex,” “MAMIII”), Burna Boy (“Last Last,” “Kilometre”), Dan + Shay (“You”), Ed Sheeran (“2step”), Elle King & Miranda Lambert [“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home”)], Florence + The Machine (“My Love”), Latto (“Big Energy”), Maxwell (“Lady In My Life”), Machine Gun Kelly (“twin flame”), Megan Thee Stallion (“Plan B,” “Sweetest Pie”), Rauw Alejandro (“Cúrame,” “MUSEO,” “Todo De Ti”), Silk Sonic (“Love’s Train”), and Travis Scott (“Mafia”). 

The 2022 Billboard Music Awards will honored this year’s Icon Award recipient Mary J. Blige and the third annual Billboard Music Award Changemaker, Mari Copeny. 

The evening’s star-studded presenter lineup included AleXa, Anitta, Chlöe Bailey, City Girls, DJ Khaled, Dixie D’Amelio, Dove Cameron, Fat Joe, French Montana, Givēon, Heidi Klum, Lainey Wilson, Liza Koshy, Michael Bublé, Pusha T, Shenseea, Snoop Dogg, Swizz Beatz, and Teyana Taylor.

Unique among music awards shows, finalists for the Billboard Music Awards were determined by performance on the Billboard Charts. Since 1940, the Billboard Charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs, and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.

This year’s awards were based on the chart period of April 10, 2021 through March 26, 2022. “Billboard Music Awards” finalists and winners were based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, and touring, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Luminate. 

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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.