Lil Nas X Becomes First Freely Gay Black Artist To Win At The CMA Awards

The rapper and vocalist's brand-new track "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" was released on Friday morning-- and also it is going down a treat.

  • Lil Nas X Becomes First Freely Gay Black Artist To Win At The CMA Awards
  • Lil Nas X Becomes First Freely Gay Black Artist To Win At The CMA Awards

    Lil Nas X proceeded his winning touch today, taking residence a C and w Organization Award for the apparently unstoppable \" Old Town Roadway.\"

    The rap artist's chart-topping remix-- a cooperation with nation's Billy Ray Cyrus-- won for Musical Occasion of the Year at Wednesday's event. The track vanquished Garth Brooks' \"Dive Bar\" including Blake Shelton as well as Maren Morris' \"All My Fave People\" including the Brothers Osborne, among others.

    The award, which recognizes single nation partnerships, has actually gone to duos like Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert in previous years. It was yet an additional history-making accomplishment for Lil Nas X, who is now the very first freely gay black musician to win at the CMA Honors.

    In 2014, country vocalists Shane McAnally as well as Brandy Clark, both of whom are gay, shared the Tune of the Year Honor with Kacey Musgraves for \"Follow Your Arrowhead.\"

    Upon learning he as well as Cyrus were victors on \"Greetings America\" Wednesday in advance of the night ceremony, Lil Nas X tweeted:

    Talking With USA Today at the event later that day, Lil Nas X stated he was \"so pleased this tune was approved due to the fact that it is the linking of two polar opposite categories,\" implying country as well as hip-hop.

    Because its April launch, the \"Old Town Road\" remix has set a brand-new precedent for LGBTQ artists in conventional songs. In July, the song ended up being the longest-running No. 1 solitary in united state history, topping the Billboard graphes for 17 weeks.

    Last month, the tune ended up being the fastest in background to be licensed diamond by the Recording Market Association of America, having gotten to sales (and equal streams) of 10 million units.

    The wider value of the song's success isn't lost on Lil Nas X. He told the BBC in July he was honored to be \"opening the doors\" for more variety in country and also hip-hop songs, where recognizing as LGBTQ is still \" not truly approved.\"