Morgan Wallen was named Top Country Male Artist at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs).
The East Tennessee native was on hand at the MGM Garden Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday evening (May 15) to accept the award from presenter Pusha T.
“Man, I’d like to say thank God, thank my fans, I got the best damn fans,” Wallen said, before he honored his mother, Lesli, and his 1-year-old son, Indigo Wilder.
“Thank you to my mama for being my date tonight, I wouldn’t be here without you,” Wallen continued. ”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.”
Congrats to @MorganWallen our Top Country Male Artist! #BBMAs pic.twitter.com/WH6GFl5kYI
— Billboard Music Awards (@BBMAs) May 16, 2022
Chris Stapleton and Luke Combs were also nominated in the Top Country Male Artist category.
During the show, Wallen also performed “Don’t Think Jesus” and “Wasted On You,” a track from his record-breaking sophomore project, Dangerous: The Double Album. The performance marked Wallen first major awards show performance in over a year since the n-word controversy.
Wallen also walked the red carpet with his mom at his side.
Hosted by Sean “Diddy” Combs, the 2022 Billboard Music Awards broadcasted live on NBC coast-to-coast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. The show also streamed live on Peacock.
The BBMAs also featured a star-studded lineup with performances from Becky G (“Baile Con Mi Ex,” “MAMIII”), Burna Boy (“Last Last,” “Kilometre”), Dan + Shay (“You”), Ed Sheeran (“2step”), Elle King & Miranda Lambert [“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home”)], Florence + The Machine (“My Love”), Latto (“Big Energy”), Maxwell (“Lady In My Life”), Machine Gun Kelly (“twin flame”), Megan Thee Stallion (“Plan B,” “Sweetest Pie”), Morgan Wallen (“Don’t Think Jesus,” “Wasted on You”), Rauw Alejandro (“Cúrame,” “MUSEO,” “Todo De Ti”), Silk Sonic (“Love’s Train”), and Travis Scott (“Mafia”).
The 2022 Billboard Music Awards also honored this year’s Icon Award recipient Mary J. Blige and the third annual Billboard Music Award Changemaker, Mari Copeny.
The evening’s star-studded presenter lineup included AleXa, Anitta, Chlöe Bailey, City Girls, DJ Khaled, Dixie D’Amelio, Dove Cameron, Fat Joe, French Montana, Givēon, Heidi Klum, Lainey Wilson, Liza Koshy, Michael Bublé, Pusha T, Shenseea, Snoop Dogg, Swizz Beatz, and Teyana Taylor.
Unique among music awards shows, finalists for the Billboard Music Awards are determined by performance on the Billboard Charts. Since 1940, the Billboard Charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs, and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.
This year’s awards are based on the chart period of April 10, 2021 through March 26, 2022. “Billboard Music Awards” finalists and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, and touring, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Luminate.