Watch his speech – Billboard
Morgan Wallen was the top winner at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (November 19), taking home 11 awards.
He also performed his fan favorite song “’98 Braves” from One thing at a timeIn a nod to the song, Wallen performed — and accepted his awards — at Atlanta’s Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. The performance and acceptance speech were filmed amid Wallen’s two-night sold-out shows from November 10-11, as part of his current One Night at a Time world tour.
Just before Wallen gave his acceptance speech, the camera panned in on the 11 awards he received this year, including Top Male Artist, Top 100 Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Country Artist, and Top Male Artist. Countryside, and the best countryside artist.
And yen One thing at a time His project, which spent 16 weeks atop the Billboard 200 this year, won top Billboard 200 album and top country album, while his song “Last Night,” which spent 16 non-consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100, was named top song on the Hot 100, top streaming song and top country song.
The evening was extra special, as Whalen was introduced by Braves 98 pitchers Tom Glavine and John Smoltz.
“We may have come close to doing that in 1998, but this guy really nailed his goal tonight,” Smoltz said.
Wallen began his acceptance speech by referencing “98 Braves”, which was written by Josh Miller, John Byron and Travis Wood.
“Like the song says, ‘If you win some, you lose some,'” Wallen said, referring to this year’s CMA Awards, where he was nominated for three honors and was eliminated. “The last awards show I went to, we went home empty-handed. This, I don’t have enough hands for all of them. So either way, I promise I’ll stay the same, whether we go home with a 10 or a zero. I’ll give you my all, every night and every time I go into the studio. …All these awards are actually for my fans. So, thank you very much, guys.
“You took a kid from East Tennessee, who drove a two-door Toyota Tacoma, and you turned me into one of them,” he continued. paintingTop artists. God bless you all.”