Elsewhere during the ceremony, the ‘Everything I Love’ songsmith took home more awards than any other artist, with Morgan being given an impressive eleven gongs.
Morgan Wallen's performance of ‘98 Braves’ was pre-recorded, with the ceremony itself taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada while Morgan was finishing his One Night At A Time tour in Texas.
‘98 Braves’, which appears on Morgan Wallen's record-breaking 2023 album, One Thing At A Time, pivots around the tale of the 1998 Atlanta Braves baseball team. After winning a staggering 106 regular-season matches, they the Braves were the undisputed favourites to take victory in the World Series, before falling at the last hurdle.
Morgan uses this story as a metaphor for his relationship, as he recalls how the whole town thought they'd go on to get married, before they surprised everyone by breaking up (“We got close / But close doesn't cut it / Had a good run to end up with nothin”).
The cherry-picked audience comprised a selection of Morgan Wallen's fans and Atlanta Braves baseball aficionados, with two pitchers from the famous 1998 Braves team that inspired the song, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine, also in attendance.
After his stellar performance, Smoltz and Glavine presented Morgan Wallen with 11 Billboard Music Awards, including the coveted gongs for Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Country Touring Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Country Album, Top Hot 100 Song and more.
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