Seems like "Old Town Road" is the gift that just keeps on giving! Lil Nas X has made history again by taking home a Country Music Award at Wednesday's show. Reuters previously reported that he was the first openly gay performer to receive a CMA Awards nomination, and now, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus won the award for musical event of the year for their remix of “Old Town Road.”
Not only is his win a big deal simply because he is the first openly gay hip hop artist to accomplish this fete, it is also huge considering the fact that his original “Old Town Road” track was removed from Billboard’s Hot Country chart in April, which caused him to remix the track with country star Cyrus.
The remix then made history by becoming the longest-running No. 1 single to ever top the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. This historic win is just the latest time Lil Nas X has made awards-show history this year.
In August, he won “Song of the Year” at the MTV Video Music Awards, beating out Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Drake. It was the first time a gay man had been honored in the category, which did not exist until 2018.
The other nominees for a CMA were Brooks & Dunn’s remake of their 1991 hit “Brand New Man” (with Luke Combs), Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton’s “Dive Bar,” Maren Morris’ “All My Favorite People” (featuring Brothers Osborne) and Brantley Gilbert and Linsday Ell’s “What Happens in a Small Town,” which is currently No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
Gayes, help us congratulate Lil Nas X, for CONTINUING to break barriers and make history!