Canada markets open in 5 hours 50 minutes
  • S&P/TSX

    20,602.10
    -91.69 (-0.44%)
     
  • S&P 500

    4,473.75
    -6.95 (-0.16%)
     
  • DOW

    34,751.32
    -63.07 (-0.18%)
     
  • CAD/USD

    0.7905
    +0.0019 (+0.24%)
     
  • CRUDE OIL

    72.19
    -0.42 (-0.58%)
     
  • BTC-CAD

    60,556.07
    -1,043.38 (-1.69%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    1,223.51
    -9.78 (-0.79%)
     
  • GOLD FUTURES

    1,764.00
    +7.30 (+0.42%)
     
  • RUSSELL 2000

    2,232.91
    -1.54 (-0.07%)
     
  • 10-Yr Bond

    1.3310
    0.0000 (0.00%)
     
  • NASDAQ futures

    15,516.50
    -1.25 (-0.01%)
     
  • VOLATILITY

    18.44
    +0.26 (+1.43%)
     
  • FTSE

    7,061.45
    +33.97 (+0.48%)
     
  • NIKKEI 225

    30,500.05
    +176.71 (+0.58%)
     
  • CAD/EUR

    0.6709
    +0.0011 (+0.16%)
     

Morgan Wallen makes surprise concert appearance at Luke Bryan's show in Nashville

·2 min read

At Luke Bryan's Friday concert in Nashville, country star Morgan Wallen made his first major concert appearance since being filmed using a racial slur in February.

Wallen joined Bryan, Jason Aldean and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line during the show's acoustic portion. The 28-year-old sang his "Whiskey Glasses" and "More Than My Hometown," and stayed onstage for Aldean's "She's Country."

Wallen’s performance also appeared to come as a surprise to Bryan.

“A really good friend of mine is here backstage tonight,” Aldean told him onstage. “I don’t know if you know this.”

“Do I need another tequila shot to get through this?” Bryan asked.

Morgan Wallen made a surprise appearance at Luke Bryan's July 30 concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
Morgan Wallen made a surprise appearance at Luke Bryan's July 30 concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

The sold-out crowd cheered for a full minute as Wallen came down the catwalk, gave high fives to fans and handed shot glasses to Bryan, Hubbard and Aldean.

“Only in Nashville,” Aldean said.

“This is a song about staying true to yourself,” Wallen said before playing “Hometown.”

“And that’s been a really hard thing for me to do lately, but here I am.”

More: Morgan Wallen used a racist slur but his popularity is skyrocketing. How did we get here?

On Feb. 2, TMZ posted a video taken by one of Wallen's neighbors in front of the singer's Nashville home. In it, Wallen is heard telling someone to "take care of this... (slur)," while being dropped off.

The incident resulted in his removal from radio rotation, awards show ballots and streaming playlists, and ignited conversations on diversity and inclusion in the country music industry.

Morgan Wallen made a surprise appearance at Luke Bryan's July 30 concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
Morgan Wallen made a surprise appearance at Luke Bryan's July 30 concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Wallen bowed out of all concerts in the wake of the incident — in fact, he was originally booked to join Bryan on his summer tour, including Friday’s concert. But the singer has been steadily returning to the public eye in recent months.

On July 23, he gave his first interview since the incident to "Good Morning America," and said he "was just ignorant" about his use of the slur.

Morgan Wallen surprise appearance at Luke Bryan concert

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

Morgan Wallen: Morgan Wallen is back in the public eye, but not all paths are open for singer after slur

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Morgan Wallen makes surprise appearance at Luke Bryan concert

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting