Morgan Wallen made his return to award shows about a year after he faced backlash for an offensive video. 

The “Whiskey Glasses” singer attended the 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday, March 7, the first since being banned from multiple award shows after a video of him saying the N-word surfaced in February 2021.

Morgan won Album of The Year at the 2022 ACM Awards. He was also nominated as Male Artist of Year, Album and Song of Year. Dangerous: The Double Album.

Upon receiving the award for his album, he thanked his family, friends and team who have shown him “grace along the way,” he said without specifically mentioning the scandal. 

Morgan stated onstage, “When I began this album I was a child.” But by the time it was out, I had become a father. That’s what has made me more proud than any other thing. This album and the award are a reminder to my son that daddy was strong and pursued his goals. He worked tirelessly for them.