Lil Nas X And Billy Ray Cyrus Nab Musical Event of the Year Trophy Ahead of 2019 CMA Awards

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards haven’t begun just yet, but some artists are already early winners going into “Country Music’s…


Melinda Lorge

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November 13, 2019


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Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards haven’t begun just yet, but some artists are already early winners going into “Country Music’s Biggest Night.”

The 2019 CMA Awards Musical Event of the Year, which is awarded to the artist(s) and producer(s) has gone out to Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus for their hot collaboration of “Old Town Road.”

The ear-grabbing country/hip hop duet, produced by fellow winners YoungKio, Michael Trent Reznor and Atticus Mathew Ross, was a massive hit this year. The song, which reached Diamond status for sales in excess of ten million units, broke a record as the longest-running No. 1 hit atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The crowning moment for Musical Event of the Year took place hours before the live telecast of the CMA Awards during a special Nashville-themed episode of Good Morning America.

Other nominees vying for the 2019 CMA Awards Musical Event of the Year trophy included, “All My Favorite People” by Maren Morris featuring Brothers Osborne, “Brand New Man” by Brooks & Dunn with Luke Combs, Blake Shelton and Garth Brooks’ “Dive Bar,” and Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell’s “What Happens In A Small Town.”

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie Underwood with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, air live Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8:00 p.m.ET on ABC.

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Melinda Lorge

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Melinda Lorge

Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Country Now, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.