Trent Reznor & Lil Nas X Have a Country Music Award, But These Country Artists Don't

November 14, 2019

Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision AP

On Wednesday morning, Good Morning America announced that Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus had won the 2019 Country Music Award for Musical Event of the Year for the monster hit "Old Town Road." That means that Trent Reznor, the brain behind Nine Inch Nails, now has a Country Music Award as well. How? The banjo sample in the "Old Town Road" is from the Nine Inch Nails song “34 Ghosts IV." The rapper asked for usage permission after the fact and Reznor ended up with a producer credit. It's strange that Reznor has a CMA when these country artists with a history of making great country tunes have never been given the award (see more names by clicking the link):
  • Marty Robbins – Hall of Famer
  • Tom T. Hall – Hall of Famer
  • Dwight Yoakam
  • Rosanne Cash
  • Lee Brice
  • Craig Morgan
  • Kellie Pickler
  • David Allan Coe
  • Sturgill Simpson