Morgan Wallen Gets “Bad News,” Cancels ACM Awards Performance

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Morgan Wallen has cancelled six weeks of shows, including a performance at Thursday’s (May 11) Academy of Country Music Awards.

Morgan Wallen shared the news on social media Tuesday (May 9) saying that he got “bad news” from his doctors at the Vanderbilt Voice Center in Nashville. Doctors told the singer that he has vocal chord trauma and have advised him to go on vocal rest for six weeks or risk permanently damaging his voice.

“After taking 10 days of vocal rest, I performed three shows in last weekend in Florida. By the third one I felt terrible, so I went in and got scoped yesterday. They told me that I re-injured by vocal chords and that I have vocal fold trauma. Their advice is that I go on vocal rest for six weeks, so that’s what I’m going to do,” Wallen told fans.

The “Wasted On You” singer also shared that he had been “quietly” working through an injury he sustained while in Australia and that the time off will help him heal.

Morgan’s team is working to reschedule the cancelled concerts. Hear Morgan’s full statement to fans below.


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The news of Morgan Wallen’s voice issues comes roughly two weeks after the singer abruptly cancelled a concert at Mississippi’s Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium.

A crowd of 60,000 was in attendance and awaiting Wallen’s concert when they were informed that he would not be performing.


“Ladies and Gentlemen, unfortunately Morgan has lost his voice and is unable to perform tonight. Therefore tonight’s show has been cancelled. Please make your way safely to the stadium exits. Refunds for tonight’s event will be available at point of purchase.”

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Wallen rescheduled additional shows and told fans on social media in a now-deleted post, “Y’all know how important my fans are to me, so I feel horrible about this news. There’s nothing more I want to do than be onstage playing for you guys. But as of today, I’m on doctor-ordered vocal rest and we have to reschedule this week’s shows. I appreciate and understand everything you do to get to my shows, so it would be unfair of me to put on a show that I know will not be 100%. I’m doing everything I can to speed up the process of getting to that mark 100%–MW”

It’s not all bad news for Morgan Wallen who became the first artist to have three songs in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Country Airply chart simultaneously. “Thought You Should Know,” “Last Night” and “One Thing at a Time” charted at No 7, 8 and 9, respectively.

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