Morgan Wallen made his return to the award show stage last night, performing two songs at the Billboard Music Awards.
Sean “Diddy” Combs, who hosted and served as the executive producer for the show, said he brought Morgan on as a performer in an attempt to stop the trend of “canceling” people who’ve made a mistake, saying, in part:
“The mood of the show is about love and forgiveness. As a musical family, none of us are saints; none of us are without things that happen to them in life. So one of the things I’m doing directly is un-canceling the canceled.
That’s breaking news because people haven’t been about uncanceling. But canceling is a trend that needs to stop.”
Morgan was nominated for four awards at the show, including top Billboard 200 artist, top country artist, and top country male artist. His 2021 record-breaking album, Dangerous, was also nominated for top Billboard 200 album. Ultimately, he only took home the award for top country male artist.
And he also took the stage to sing two songs, including his recent release “Don’t Think Jesus,” as well as his current single “Wasted On You.” It marked Morgan’s first awards show performance since he was caught on video using a racial slur outside his home in Nashville in February of 2021.
In the fallout from that controversy, he was blacklisted from every major award show in 2021 (including the Billboard Music Awards), but he took home three BBMA’s last year based on Billboard chart performance data for the aforementioned Dangerous.
Morgan gave a pretty stripped down, acoustic rendition of both songs, and personally, I thought it was easily one of the better performances of the night.
In a moment where he could’ve gone totally pop country with a full band and all the gimmicks (like most artists tend to do at these kinds of shows), he chose to sing about forgiveness and acceptance, which I don’t think was any accident considering the meaning of the show for him:
Of course, there were quite a few people on Twitter who were upset to see him there, noting that they were upset with P Diddy’s decision to have him on (and there’s plenty tweets like this from others who share the same sentiment):
diddy "uncanceling" morgan wallen and having him perform at the show while awarding tamika mallory an award for her dedication to activism makes no sense #BBMAs
— dea (@deathefangirl) May 16, 2022
Will Smith gets reprimanded for his behavior at the Oscars, and accurately so!! But what about that moron Morgan Wallen?!!! Where is the equality????? Come on Billboard!!!
— J. Joy Yepez-Arroyo (@Coloricanlicius) May 16, 2022
Morgan noted in his acceptance speech for top country male artist how thankful he was to be there, and thanked all of his fans and team for their support over the last year or so:
“Man! I’d like to say Thank God, thank my fans, I got the best damn fans. Thank you to my momma for being my date tonight, I wouldn’t be here without you.
Thank you to the Billboard’s 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.”
You can watch the full speech here:
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By: Casey Young
Title: Morgan Wallen Wins Top Country Male Artist, Performs “Don’t Think Jesus” In Return To Billboard Music Awards
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Published Date: Mon, 16 May 2022 19:54:16 +0000
Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions
A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions.
Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.
However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.
For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”
Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.
According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.
Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour.
The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”
In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.
Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.
Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.
Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances.
Title: Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions
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Published Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2022 03:07:00 GMT
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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!
Jodie Sweetin is married!
The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.
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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.
“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.
This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.
Congrats to the newlyweds!
By: Just Jared
Title: Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!
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Published Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2022 04:26:28 +0000
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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season
All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.
In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.
Watch the full episode above or listen it below.
Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk.
By: Anne Thompson
Title: How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season
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Published Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2022 20:52:17 +0000
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