CMA voters consider whether to nominate ‘Old Town Road’

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JUNE 06: Lil Nas X visits the Spotify House during CMA Fest at Ole Red on June 06, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Spotify)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Rapper Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus has created a musical phenomenon, but many in Nashville are trying to decide whether to nominate it for a country music award.

Voting is underway for nominations for the Country Music Association Awards.

“Old Town Road” faces an uphill challenge.

Hit songwriter and producer Shane McAnally says most people in the country music industry do not consider it a country song. Billboard removed the song from the country charts early on, but it made enough of an impact that it became eligible anyway.

Non-country artists have gotten CMA nominations, but it’s a lot harder without broad support among Nashville’s labels and country radio.

CMA voters include musicians, producers, songwriters, touring professionals, country radio employees and others.

The CMA show will be held Nov. 13.

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