Lil Nas X, the rapper known for his viral country-trap hit song, "Old Town Road", is up for a Country Music Award after his ouster from the Hot Country US song charts triggered outrage and catapulted him to overnight fame, AFP reported on Wednesday, August 28th.
With his prominent song and record-breaking megahit "Old Town Road", he will compete for "Musical Event of the Year" at this year's CMAs, organisers announced Wednesday. The song has introduced a unique marriage between twangy banjos with thumping bass.
The infectious single by the Atlanta native was famously booted from Billboard's country list, with the industry tracker saying it was not in line with the genre's sound. This has prompted anger among fans, who viewed it the move as racially motivated.
Billboard denied those allegations but didn't allow "Old Town Road" back onto the country chart, even after genre veteran Billy Rae Cyrus offered vocals for a remix of the hit, which is the version up for a CMA.
This week, the unknown artist-turned-industry maverick along with Cyrus snagged an MTV Video Music Award for Best Song.
The collaborators will now compete at the CMAs in November against country artists including Maren Morris and Garth Brooks. Upon receiving the nomination, the prominent singer thanked all his fans.