Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
Morgan Wallen showcased a creative approach during his appearance at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday evening (Nov. 19). He graced the (virtual) stage later in the night, having already secured an impressive 11 awards.
Remarkably, Wallen wasn’t physically present for his rendition of “’98 Braves,” a beloved track from his acclaimed One Thing at a Time album. Instead, the performance was captured during one of his sold-out concerts at Atlanta’s Truist Park, the iconic home of the Atlanta Braves. Given Wallen’s passion for baseball, the song nostalgically reflects on the Braves’ 1998 season, where they achieved 106 regular-season victories but fell short of securing the World Series title.
Filmed during his two back-to-back shows at Truist Park on Nov. 10 and 11, the televised performance was recorded just over a week before airing. On the same night, Wallen also recorded his acceptance speech for the 11 awards he received, establishing him as the evening’s most successful artist across all genres.
Wallen delivered his rendition of “’98 Braves” to an enthusiastic audience comprising fans of both country music and baseball. The crowd actively participated by singing along to the lyrics, with many donning Braves jerseys. Notably, some iconic Braves legends were present at the event. In a unique moment during his acceptance speech at the BBMAs, which was captured on the same stage, Wallen received an introduction from none other than Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, both former Braves pitchers.
Throughout the awards ceremony, Wallen secured victories in various categories spanning both all-genre and country-specific domains. His impressive wins included accolades such as Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Country Artist, and numerous others.