Maren Morris said this week that she might not go to the 2022 CMA Awards in Nashville on November 9th, where she is a nominee for Album of the Year, because of a public political rift with Jason and his wife, Brittany Aldean.
In that same interview with the Los Angeles Times, Maren gave Morgan Wallen credit for making an apology after his drunken racial slur in February 2021 that was caught on video.
When Morgan made the slur, Morris was one of his harshest critics, Tweeting at the time, “It actually IS representative of our town because this isn’t his first ‘scuffle,’ and he just demolished a huge streaming record last month regardless. We all know it wasn’t his first time using that word. We keep them rich and protected at all costs with no recourse.”
It actually IS representative of our town because this isn’t his first “scuffle” and he just demolished a huge streaming record last month regardless. We all know it wasn’t his first time using that word. We keep them rich and protected at all costs with no recourse.— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) February 3, 2021
The Los Angeles Times, after discussing her rift with the Aldeans, asked about Wallen, saying, “What do you think of his being reembraced by the Nashville establishment after being caught on video drunkenly using the N-word?
Maren responded, “I don’t know how I feel about it, honestly. I’ve never hated that guy. He made a mistake, and I will say after this Aldean drama, at least Morgan tried to apologize, even if it wasn’t perfect. I have to give him that because he didn’t have to.”
With what seems to be a division in country music politically these days, Morris commented on the fact that maybe there are two country music worlds. She said, “I was talking after all this to Brandi Carlile, who was like, ‘It does feel like there are two country musics.’ And, I don’t know, it should have been heartbreaking to hear that. But I was actually really relieved and encouraged to hear it. It made me feel like, OK, country music on this mainstream level absolutely could be two things, and I’ve been trying to make it one, and maybe I should stop.”
She added, “I don’t know if Brandi meant it to be a positive, but I took it as one. It was like a pressure release.”