Morgan Wallen Wins 11 Billboard Music Awards, Graciously Thanks Fans For Changing His Life

“You took a boy from east Tennessee driving a two-door Toyota Tacoma and turned me into one of Billboard’s top artists, so God bless y’all,” Wallen said.

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Andrew Wendowski

Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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Posted on November 20, 2023

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Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of Nathan Armstrong/BBMAs

Morgan Wallen dominated the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday evening (Nov. 19), delivering a performance of fan-favorite track, “’98 Braves,” and taking home 11 awards during the event.

The country superstar offered a performance of “’98 Braves” at Truist Park, which is home to the Atlanta Braves, surrounded by fans as well as several former Atlanta Braves players, who all sang along to the standout track. The performance was filmed during Wallen’s stint of sold-out concerts at the ballpark, which broke the venue’s attendance record two nights in a row, on his One Night At A Time World Tour.

Watch Morgan Wallen’s “’98 Braves” Billboard Music Awards Performance Below

Donning black jeans and a red jean jacket over a white t-shirt, Wallen took to the microphone and sang the lyrics to the tune as he strummed his acoustic guitar.

“We got close, but close doesn’t cut it/ Had a good run, to end up with nothin’/ But a 3×5 that you hide in a drawer/ We swung for the fences and came up short/ Yeah, you win some, you lose some, it ain’t always home runs/ And that’s just the way life plays/ If we were a team, and love was a game/ We’d have been the ’98 Braves,” Wallen sang on the tune’s chorus.

Wins 11 Billboard Music Awards

Following his performance of “’98 Braves,” Wallen was presented with 11 trophies for his Billboard Music Award wins by former ’98 Braves pitchers, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. The East Tennessee native took home Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist, and Top Country Touring Artist. His chart-topping hit “Last Night” earned the title of Top Hot 100 Song, Top Streaming Song and Top Country Song. While the album that the track appears on, One Thing At A Time, was named Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Country Album.

Morgan Wallen then accepted the awards.

“You know, like the song says, you win some, you lose some. And last award show I went to, we came home empty-handed, and this one, I don’t have enough hands for them all,” Wallen began. “So either way, I promise I’m gonna stay the same regardless if I come home with 10 or 0. I’m gonna give y’all my all every single night, every single time I go into the studio.”

He concluded by graciously thanking his fans for changing his life. “Thank you, all these awards are really for my fans, so thank you guys so much. Thank you. You took a boy from east Tennessee driving a two-door Toyota Tacoma and turned me into one of Billboard’s top artists, so God bless y’all,” Wallen added.

Made History With His Award Wins

According to Billboard, Morgan Wallen is now the “greatest one-year tally by any artist since Drake received 12 awards in 2019.” With his wins for Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Hot 100 Song, the 30-year-old singer/songwriter also becomes the first artist to sweep both of the key awards in the same year since Usher did so in 2004 with his album, Confessions, and its hit single “Yeah!”

With four previously Billboard Music Award wins under his belt and adding his 11 new trophies, bringing his career total to 15 awards, Wallen is now the second most award country artist in Billboard Music Awards history, following behind Garth Brooks, who has 20 wins.

Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of Nathan Armstrong/BBMAs
Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of Nathan Armstrong/BBMAs
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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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