At Wednesday night's Academy of Country Music Awards, the New Artist of the Year had the Old Hairstyle of Yesteryear.
Let's all just take a moment to appreciate the unironic mullet of Morgan Wallen, whom you may remember from Season 6 of The Voice, or as the guy who got axed from Saturday Night Live a month ago for violating COVID protocols by partying in Tuscaloosa a week before his scheduled appearance. The hairstyle that had its heyday in the 1980s — business up front, party in the back — has settled itself very nicely on his head,
Why a mullet in this day and age? “Whenever my parents got married, my dad had a mullet. Me and my dad are very similar-type people with the way we look and the way we act, and I figured if he could get away with it when he was around 25, then I could try to do the same thing,” Wallen told the Associated Press last year.
You might ask how Wallen won New Artist of the Year when his first album came out in 2018, and you would be right to do so. Apparently the CMA nomination rules define the category's nominees as people who haven't won a CMA before and who have managed to get significantly more popular in the past year, or something like that.
Don't think too hard about it. Just enjoy a guy with a mullet in 2020. The mustache just perfects the 1982 look.
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