Morgan Wallen Apologizes for Using N-Word in Newly Surfaced Video: ‘I Promise to Do Better’

On Tuesday (Feb. 2), TMZ posted a video recorded over the weekend of Morgan Wallen yelling expletives, including the N-word. The country star offered an apology to TMZ, taking responsibility for his words in the grainy video.

“I’m embarrassed and sorry,” Wallen told TMZ. “I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”

In the video, Wallen is seen arriving home with some friends and he advises his pals, who are getting into another car,  to “take care” of his buddy twice, adding profanities, including  the N-word, at the end.

Fellow country artists Mickey Guyton, Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris called Wallen out via Twitter.

This is not the first time Wallen has had to apologize in the last several months. In May, he was arrested and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct after being kicked out of Kid Rock’s bar in Nashville.

In October, he posted an Instagram apology after his Saturday Night Live performance was canceled when he didn’t follow proper COVID-19 protocols. He later appeared on the comedy show in December.

Wallen’s new LP Dangerous: The Double Album is in its third week atop the Billboard 200, making it the first country album to do so in eight years.

Wallen’s representative verified his statement to TMZ.

Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul’ Takes Top Documentary Prizes at Sundance

CODA has won the top award at the Sundance Film Festival, taking this year’s U.S. Grand Jury prize, while Questlove’s Summer of Soul won both the audience and grand jury prize in the U.S. documentary section.

CODA, which made headlines earlier in the fest for its record-breaking $25 million sale to Apple, took the dramatic audience award with Sian Heder taking the directing award for U.S. dramatic competition. “I hope that this opened the door to people getting that audiences want to see these kinds of stories,” said Heder of the title, which centers on a hearing teenage girl that is a child of deaf adults. “I hope that this means that more stories that center on deaf characters and characters with disability get put front and center.”

“I really wish there was a Sundance this year if only to watch the war between the Pfizer and Moderna suites trying to woo all the cool celebs to use their vaccine,” joked ceremony host Patton Oswalt to open the virtual ceremony. Sundance Institute director Keri Putnam offered words on the pandemic and Sundance’s place within it. “We have been able to gather in new ways that we weren’t sure to work but did,” said Putnam. “After a year that has been exceptionally difficult for artists and the arts. It is inspiring to this community rally so fiercely around both.” Newly instated director Tabitha Jackson followed Putnam and gave out thanks, concluding with the filmmakers for “trusting us with your work and going along with us on this crazy experiment of a journey.”

The 2021 festival ceremony did not take place in snowy Park City, but was instead hosted online via YouTube, with jurors and presenters tuning in from their respective living rooms and backseats of cars around the world. The latter was the case for Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, who took both the audience prize and grand jury prize in the U.S. documentary section and accepted the awards via a video call from a car in New York on the “way to work” at The Tonight Show. “It’s always been my dream to tell stories,” he said of the process behind his movie Summer of Soul. “As a creator and storyteller, my purpose and goal was to not drop the ball.”

Patton Oswalt hosted the virtual ceremony from his home, joking, “I really wish there was a Sundance this year if only to watch the war between the Pfizer and Moderna suites trying to woo all the cool celebs to use their vaccine.” Sundance Institute director Keri Putnam offered her own thoughts on Sundance’s place amid the ongoing pandemic, saying, “We have been able to gather in new ways that we weren’t sure [would] work but did. After a year that has been exceptionally difficult for artists and the arts. It is inspiring to this community rally so fiercely around both.” Newly instated director Tabitha Jackson added to the sentiments, thanking the filmmakers for “trusting us with your work and going along with us on this crazy experiment of a journey.”

See the full list of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival winners below.

GRAND JURY PRIZES

U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson for Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic: Siân Heder for CODA

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary: Jonas Poher Rasmussen for Flee

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic: Blerta Basholli for Hive

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Audience Award: U.S. Documentary: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson for Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic: Siân Heder for CODA

Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic: Blerta Basholli for Hive

Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary: Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh for Writing With Fire

Audience Award: NEXT: Marion Hill for Ma Belle, My Beauty

DIRECTING, SCREENWRITING AND EDITING AWARDS

Directing Award: U.S. Documentary: Natalia Almada for Users

Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic Siân Heder for CODA

Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary: Hogir Hirori for Sabaya

Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic: Blerta Basholli for Hive Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award:

U.S. Dramatic: Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch for On the Count of Three

Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award: U.S. Documentary: Kristina Motwani and Rebecca Adorno for Homeroom

SPECIAL JURY AWARDS

U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast: the cast of CODA

U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Best Actor: Clifton Collins Jr. for Jockey

U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Emerging Filmmaker: Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt for Cusp

U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Nonfiction Experimentation: Theo Anthony for All Light, Everywhere

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Vérité Filmmaking: Camilla Nielsson for President

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Impact for Change: Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh for Writing With Fire

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Acting: was Jesmark Scicluna for Luzzu

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Creative Vision: Baz Poonpiriya, for One for the Road

NEXT INNOVATOR PRIZE PRESENTED BY ADOBE

NEXT Innovator Prize: Dash Shaw for Cryptozoo

SHORT FILM AWARDS PRESENTED BY SOUTHWEST AIRLINES®

Short Film Grand Jury Prize: Lizard

The Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction: The Touch of the Master’s Hand

The Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction: Bambirak

The Short Film Jury Award: Nonfiction: Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma

The Short Film Jury Award: Animation: Souvenir Souvenir

Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting: Wiggle Room

Short Film Special Jury Award for Screenwriting: The Criminals

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

A Timeline of Silento’s Legal Troubles

Atlanta rapper Silento burst onto the music scene in 2015, when his “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” hit the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 and led to a viral dance craze that was inescapable at its peak.

“Watch Me” peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 songs chart dated July 17, 2015. It spent 51 weeks on the chart.

Since then, the rapper (real name: Ricky Hawk) has been unable to match his breakout success and has faced a string of legal issues, most recently being arrested and charged with the murder of his cousin on Monday.

We’ve compiled a timeline of the 23-year-old’s brushes with the law since 2017. See them below:

February 2017 – Held in United Arab Emirates

Silento was stopped from leaving the country over a business dispute. A court ruling issued against him in the city of Al Ain ordered the then-19-year-old Atlanta artist to pay a local promoter 300,000 dirhams ($81,500) after he did not perform two scheduled shows in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi.

The judgment placed a travel ban on the rapper and ordered him to surrender his passport to the court until the case was settled.

Silento later acknowledged the situation at the end of a show in a Dubai nightclub. “I can’t even leave the UAE but I’m still in the club,” he said, according to a video posted by The National, a government-owned daily in Abu Dhabi.

August 2020 – Arrested for alleged assault and domestic violence

The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s records and NBC noted that Silento was taken into custody after walking into a random home in the Valley Village neighborhood of Los Angeles looking for his girlfriend while holding a hatchet.

A day prior, he was arrested in Santa Ana and taken to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department following a report of a domestic disturbance. He was released from custody on a charge of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant.

October 2020 – Arrested for driving 143 mph

Silento was arrested and accused of driving 143 mph on Interstate 85 in Georgia, authorities said at the time. He was charged with reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain lane and improper stopping.

A DeKalb County Police report said he was pulled over around 3 a.m. after an officer saw the rapper’s white BMW swerving around slower cars. Silento reportedly argued with the officer about how fast he was going and insisted that he’d done nothing wrong.

He later told the officer he was speeding because he normally gets followed when leaving events, as he was at a club promoting his new song. The artist reportedly said that he could go 143 m.p.h. because he’s not “a regular person.”

February 2021 – Arrested for the murder of his cousin

“Today, Ricky Hawk, 23, was arrested for the murder of his cousin Frederick Rooks, 34,” Georgia’s DeKalb County Police Department tweeted on Feb. 1. “On January 21, the DeKalb County Police Department investigated Rooks’ death after he was found shot on Deep Shoals Circle. Hawk is in the DeKalb County Jail charged with Murder.”

On Jan. 21, police responded to a 3:30 a.m. shots-fired call and found Rooks dead at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Anuel AA & Ozuna Celebrate ‘Los Dioses’ Debuting at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums Chart

Anuel AA and Ozuna’s first collaborative effort is an immediate success as Los Dioses arrives at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart (dated Feb. 6). The 12-track set is the first to debut atop the chart in 2021.

“This is the third album I’ve released in my life and working with Ozu has been so much fun, a perfect flow,” Anuel AA tells Billboard. “We produced the album exactly for that, to debut at No. 1. When you put so much effort and dedication into something the end result is always big.”

As Los Dioses launches at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums, Anuel secures his third straight leader, while Ozuna clocks his fifth consecutive No. 1. Beyond its Top Latin Albums coronation, Los Dioses also starts at No. 1 on the Latin Rhythm Albums chart and bows at No. 10 on the all-genre Billboard 200, the second top 10 for both acts.

“It was a process in which we had a lot of fun,” Ozuna tells Billboard. “We supported each other with the lyrics and the creative process. When you are comfortable and enjoy what you do, time passes, and great things happen like this album.

Los Dioses was released Jan. 22 via Aura/Real Hasta La Muerte/Sony Music Latin. It starts with 29,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Jan. 28, according to MRC Data. Out of the set’s opening sum, 6,000 derive from sales and the bulk of the remainder from streaming activity.

The Top Latin Albums chart ranks the most popular Latin albums of the week in the U.S. based on multimetric consumption as measured in equivalent album units.  Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).  

Biggest Week for Any Non-Bad Bunny Album Since Last June: Los Dioses earned 29,000 equivalent album units in its opening week — the largest week for any album not by Bad Bunny since last June. The last non-Bad Bunny set to post a bigger week was Anuel AA’s own Emmanuel, which debuted with 39,000 units at No. 1 on the June 13, 2020-dated chart. (Between Emmanuel and Los Dioses, two Bad Bunny albums have logged nine weeks larger than Los Dioses’ starting sum.)

Los Dioses Leads Thanks to Its Streaming Weight: Out of Los Dioses’ total opening sum, 23,000 stem from SEA, which equates to 34.4 million on-demand streams for the set’s songs in its opening week. It’s Anuel AA’s second-best start following his own Emmanuel, which launched with 55.8 million on-demand streams (June 13, 2020). 

Hot Latin Songs Take Over: As Los Dioses arrives, the complete 12-track effort debuts on Hot Latin Songs, two of which secure a start in the all-metric list’s top 10. “The most challenging part was choosing the single as I liked many songs.” Anuel adds. Let’s take a look at the rankings: 

Rank, Title

No. 5, “Antes”
No. 8, “Los Dioses”
No. 16, “100”
No. 17, “RD”
No. 18, “La María”
No. 23, “Nena Buena”
No. 25, “Nunca”
No. 27, “Dime Tú”
No. 30, “Municiones”
No. 32, “Perreo”
No. 35, “Perfecto”
No. 42, “Contra El Mundo”

“I believe the most challenging part was organizing our times,” Ozuna adds. “We both have really different schedules, but we managed to make it happen.”

Mickey Guyton Makes Late-Night Debut With ‘Black Like Me’ Performance on ‘Colbert’

Country star Mickey Guyton delivered her heartbreaking anthem on racial injustice, “Black Like Me,” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday night (Feb. 1), marking her late-night debut.

“It’s a hard life on easy street/ Just white painted picket fences far as you can see/ If you think we live in the land of the free/ You should try to be black like me,” she sang in the stripped-back rendition of the song, surrounded by candles.

“Look. At. God!” Guyton wrote in the YouTube video’s comment section. “I made it on a late-night show mom! My heart cannot take it. Thank you so much for having me on the show.”

The singer wrote “Black Like Me” in 2019, but released it in June 2020 amid the protests against police brutality following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others. The song is included on her September 2020 EP, Bridges.

“Black Like Me” is nominated for best country solo performance at the 2021 Grammys, marking the first black female solo artist to get a nod in a country category.

Watch the Colbert performance below.

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler to Host 2021 Golden Globes From Separate Coasts

With 26 days before showtime — and hours before nominations are announced — details are starting to emerge about how producers are going to pull off the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the solutions? The show will be bicoastal for the first time in history with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler splitting duties from their respective home bases. Fey will be in New York at the Rainbow Room and Poehler will post up inside the Beverly Hilton. Meanwhile, nominees are expected to appear from various locations around the world though it remains to be seen if they will be gathered at central locations in other major cities.

The anticipated reteaming of Fey and Poehler will mark their fourth Globes hosting outing after the three-peat from 2013-2015. The production, a joint effort between NBC, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and dick clark productions, is the latest high-profile Hollywood awards show to adjust while adhering to COVID-19 protocols that limit large scale gatherings. The Emmys pulled off a hybrid event with host Jimmy Kimmel on stage at the Staples Center alongside presenters and guests while nominees appeared remotely from dozens of locations around the globe.

The Golden Globes, originally scheduled for January, will air live Feb. 28 coast-to-coast from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET on NBC. Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P. Henson are set to announce nominees Wednesday morning.

The Golden Globe Awards ceremony is produced by dick clark productions, which is owned by MRC Entertainment, the parent company of Billboard.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

‘The Voice’ Winner Jake Hoot Teams Up With Coach Kelly Clarkson for ‘I Would’ve Loved You’ Video

Jake Hoot is reuniting with his former The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson for an emotionally charged duet.

The season 17 winner unveiled the new music video for “I Would’ve Loved You,” featuring Clarkson, on Monday, and the Taylor Ballantyne-directed vignette finds the duo belting the heartbreaking lyrics in an empty theater. “For the rest of my life, I promise you/ And I’m gonna hate you as long and as much/ As I would’ve loved you,” they sing together in the chorus.

“I Would’ve Loved You” is featured on Hoot’s 2021 EP, Love Out of Time.

Clarkson also brought her powerhouse vocals to her daytime talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show. For her popular “Kellyoke” segment on Tuesday (Feb. 2), Clarkson took on “Ain’t No Sunshine” by the late Bill Withers.

Engulfed in warm lighting, the Emmy-winning host flawlessly executed the melody, adding emotion to the already-heartfelt chorus.

Watch below.