Travis Scott and Morgan Wallen made controversial returns on the Billboard Music Awards stage on Sunday, while Mary J. Blige was honored for her musical excellence.
It's a sign that many interpreted as the Grand Ole Opry giving the troubled star its blessing.
Speaking to "Good Morning America," the country artist said he hadn't thought about whether his recent outburst was indicative of a race issue in his genre.
Wallen captured three prominent categories in the music awards, but wasn't there to receive them after he was caught on video yelling a racist slur.
Wallen covered the Grammy-winning singer songwriter's song "Cover Me Up" on his sophomore record, “Dangerous: The Double Album.”
The country music industry publicly rebuked the singer, but fans responded by playing him even more
The country star, whose record currently tops the Billboard 200, was caught on video using the derogatory term for Black people.
Morgan Wallen said his scheduled “Saturday Night Live” debut was canceled after videos online showed him living life like COVID-19 doesn’t exist.