CMA voters consider whether to nominate 'Old Town Road'

Lil Nas X arrives at the BET Awards on June 23 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Lil Nas X created a musical phenomenon with his song “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus, but many in Nashville are trying to decide whether to nominate it for a country music award. Voting is under way now for nominations for the Country Music Association Awards, held on Nov. 13, but the song faces an uphill challenge.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Though Lil Nas X has broken chart records and become a streaming juggernaut with his breakout country rap hit “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus, the song faces an uphill challenge to get a nomination for a CMA award.

Ballots have gone out for nominations for the Country Music Association Awards, but some voters are struggling to decide how to recognize the musical phenomenon of the year, which has become the longest running No. 1 song in the history of Billboard’s Hot 100.

Billboard decided “Old Town Road” wasn’t a country song and pulled it off country charts early on, but the song made enough of an impact anyway that it became eligible for a number of CMA categories this year, including single of the year and song of the year. CMA voters, which include musicians, producers, songwriters, touring professionals, country radio employees and others, vote in three ballots with the final nominations typically being announced in late August or early September. The award show will air Nov. 13.

But there are already signs that the song isn’t getting wide support. It failed to get enough votes in the major song categories. The song only earned enough votes to be considered in the musical event category on the second ballot.

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