According to a report from San Francisco Gate, Lil Nas X broke chart records when he went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 not only in the hip-hop section but also in the country music. The rapper released his track with Billy Ray Cyrus earlier this year and it was arguably one of the hottest songs of the summer – maybe even 2019 in its entirety.
However, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus are struggling to get it up for a nomination. Reportedly, ballots have been sent on behalf of the Country Music Association Awards, and voters are finding it challenging to determine whether the track should get the nomination at the next Country Music Awards.
Additionally, Lil Nas X’s breakout track was on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record number of weeks, making it the longest song ever to sit on top of the charts. However, Billboard ultimately chose to take it off due to the fact it wasn’t “country enough.”
On the other hand, the song did go up for a few different nomination categories at the CMAs, including song of the year as well as single of the year.
Reportedly, country radio employees, touring professionals, songwriters, producers, as well as musicians will vote on whether the song should be included in the nominations in late August or early September.
The CMAs will be broadcasted on the 13th of November. Although, the San Francisco Gate claims the track might not get recognition. The outlet claims “Old Town Road” only earned enough votes to be on the musical event category.
Shane McAnally, one of the most prominent songwriters in the country music genre, responsible for making hit tracks with Kenny Chesney, Kacey Musgraves, and Sam Hunt, claimed it’s amazing the song managed to click with fans, however, it never sounded like a country song to him.
The co-president of Monument Records, Mr. McAnally, stated that the song seems like it’s “country” to pop fans but country fans don’t consider it as a country track. This isn’t the first time the CMAs have dealt with this situation, following Nelly’s collaboration on “Over and Over” with Tim McGraw back in 2004.
While the song was a hit, it didn’t manage to score any CMA nominations. McAnally stated that he’d be shocked if the song managed to make it to the final ballot.