Lil Nas X makes history as first openly gay artist to win at CMA Awards

Dorany Pineda, Los Angeles Times on

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Lil Nas X made history Wednesday night at the 53rd CMA Awards when he became the first openly gay musician to take home a win from the Country Music Assn.

His hit "Old Town Road," a collaboration with veteran country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, was named the musical event of the year. The song similarly made history, ruling at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for 19 weeks, until Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy" dethroned it in August.

Lil Nas X and Cyrus edged out some of country music's most esteemed artists -- Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks and Maren Morris -- to win the award. But the winning duo didn't get a chance to speak on stage. The award was announced on "Good Morning America" earlier that day.

That didn't sour Lil Nas X's enthusiasm when he heard the news, however. The 20-year-old TikTok sensation from Georgia reacted on Twitter to the news. With many exclamation points.

The young country rapper came out of the closet in July on the last day of Pride month. And in true Gen Z nature, he did so on Twitter, where he pointed to his song "C7osure" off his debut EP as confirmation.


The artist also made headlines at this year's MTV Video Music Awards when he took home the song of the year award with Cyrus for "Old Town Road," besting Drake, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift. Lil Nas X was the first LGBTQ artist to win that award.

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