Saturday Night Live is giving Morgan Wallen another shot, after the singer was previously disinvited from appearing on the show’s Oct. 10 schedule, with SNL’s producers citing COVID-19 safety concerns.
Wallen, who recently earned the Country Music Association’s New Artist of the Year honor and earned his fourth No. 1 country single, will serve as the musical guest for SNL on Saturday, Dec. 5, hosted by Jason Bateman. The performance marks Wallen’s debut on SNL. Jack White replaced Wallen on SNL back in October, after videos appeared on TikTok, depicting Wallen socializing in Alabama without wearing a mask.
On Oct. 7, Wallen posted a video on Instagram, announcing he would not be taking part in the show. In his video, Wallen clarified that he has not tested positive for COVID-19, but stated that his “actions from this past weekend were pretty short-sighted, and have obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams.”
Wallen also said in the video, “I respect the show’s decision because I know I put them in jeopardy, and I take ownership for this. I’d like to apologize to SNL, to my fans, to my team for bringing me these opportunities, and I let them down. And on a more personal note, I think I have some growing up to do.”
For his Saturday Night Live appearance this weekend, Wallen will perform two songs from his upcoming album Dangerous: The Double Album, which will release Jan. 8, 2021.
The project broke an Apple Music record earlier this week, becoming the most-added country album in the platform’s history. Wallen is also the first artist to debut two songs inside the Top 10 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart (“Still Goin Down” and “Somebody’s Problem”).
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