Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road (Remix)” has been nominated for Musical Event of the Year at the 53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards.
The single went mega-viral after it was removed from the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
According to Billboard, “it does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”
Billy Ray Cyrus then volunteered to hop on the track, and “Old Town Road (Remix)” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and went on to set a new record for most consecutive weeks at the top.
The nomination makes Lil Nas X the first openly gay man to be nominated at the CMAs.
The rapper came out as gay in June on the last day of Pride Month. After coming out, he revealed that he feared he would lose his fans. But support for the rising artist remains and he continues to break records.