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Lil Nas X nominated for Country Music Award, despite being kicked off Billboard’s country music charts

2019-08-28

Lil Nas X poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on Monday in Newark, N.J. (Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Looks like Lil Nas X is getting the last laugh.

The rebound kid, behind 2019’s massive hit song “Old Town Road," is finally getting some love from the Country Music Association of America.

On Wednesday, the Billy Ray Cyrus-assisted track was nominated for Musical Event of the Year at the 2019 Country Music Awards.

The category features records by artists who don’t normally record together. Among the other nominees in the category are country superstars Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton and Maren Morris.

The nod is a stark contrast from just six months ago, when Billboard magazine removed the banjo-laden, hip-hop/county hybrid from its country music charts for not being country enough.

On March 16, the song debuted at No. 19 on the leading music industry trade magazine’s Hot Country Chart.

The following week, it was booted off “for several reasons, including its trap beat, a lack of country airplay, no involvement by Sony Music Nashville and mixed categorization and playlisting on leading streaming services.”

Featuring a beat he purchased for $30 on the internet, the YoungKio-produced track became a viral sensation and ultimately became the longest-running No. 1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with 19 consecutive weeks on top.

In August, the song bested the long held record by Mariah Carey and Boys II Men for 1995's “One Sweet Day” and 2017’s “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (which both previously tied at 17 weeks).

The 20-year-old history maker is grateful for CMA nod.

"Thank you guys for this nomination," Lil Nas X tweeted, alongside a photo of the nominees list.

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Meanwhile, Cyrus tweeted, "Thank you @CountryMusic! Just found out we're nominated for Musical Event of the Year! Woohoo!"

Lil Nas X won his first-ever award, Song of the Year, for "Old Town Road” during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J., on Monday night.

“Hold on,” he said putting on his glasses during his acceptance speech. “Thank you, thank you so much. This is my first award ever. And I want to say thank you to this man [Billy Ray Cyrus] for helping me take my career to the next level, and I got a little speech.”

And then he used a lengthy paper scroll as a dramatic visual gag before simply saying “Thank you.”

During the star-studded awards show, the recent Time magazine cover subject performed his new song “Panini.”

The CMA Awards, hosted by Dolly Parton, Reba McIntyre and Carrie Underwood, will air Nov. 13 on ABC.