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Lil Nas X makes history as first openly gay man to receive a Country Music Award nomination

The rapper took home Song of the Year VMA over the weekend

2019-08-29

Words: Steve Brown

Lil Nas X has made history as the first openly gay man to receive a Country Music Award nomination.

After coming out as gay back in June, Lil Nas X has continued to defy odds and his single ‘Old Town Road’ broke the record for the longest running Number One single of all time.

Over the weekend, the rapper took home the Song of the Year VMA alongside collaborator Billy Ray Cyrus.

And now, Lil Nas X has made history after becoming the first openly gay artist to be nominated for a Country Music Award in the Musical Event of the Year category.

Although over the years, there have been a few notable coming-outs in country music, the genre is still considered conservative.

Lil Nas X’s nomination marks a breakthrough moment in country music and having the single nominated shows the CMAs are showing their inclusivity to the rest of the industry.