Tag: Lil Nas X (Rapper)

Grammy Nominations 2020: Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X Dominate

Lizzo, a charismatic new pop and R&B star, has been nominated for eight prizes at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, leading a class dominated by fresh faces like Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X. Lizzo spent much of the last decade as a struggling rapper and singer, but broke through this year with hits like […]

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CMA Awards 2019: 5 Key Moments, From Kacey Musgraves to Kris Kristofferson

For the 53rd annual Country Music Association Awards, held Wednesday night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, the organization made a pledge to celebrate “legendary women in country music throughout the ceremony” — though the topic of the industry’s much-criticized gender disparity would have been in the air regardless. But in a night of grand […]

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Country Music Is More Diverse Than You Think

This spring the rapper Lil Nas X, who is black, released “Old Town Road,” a twang-inflected song that rocketed to the top of the country music charts — even though Billboard temporarily removed it from the list, saying it wasn’t sufficiently “country.” A few months later, when the Country Music Association announced that three women […]

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Dear VMAs: Bring Back the Bad Taste

There were snakes — two of them! — thanks to H.E.R., who wore one coiled around her neck, and Tana Mongeau, the YouTuber who wore hers like a boa (get it? — heh), on the red carpet. There were big brand names: Versace, which made the safety-pin-patterned Swarovski-covered primary-colored power jacket Taylor Swift wore with […]

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Old Town Road Is Real, and People Keep Stealing the Street Signs

Old Town Road is a real place. You could probably take a horse there, if you wanted to — except that these days, it might be a little harder to find. A quiet residential street in Wellesley, Mass., was called Old Town Road long before the country-trap song by Lil Nas X became a sensation. […]

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This Summer Stinks. But at Least We’ve Got ‘Old Town Road.’

[embedded content] America may be split over the meaning of its national anthem, but there was no argument about the anthem that ruled this summer: Everywhere you went, wherever you looked, we were all riding til we couldn’t no more. The song’s twangy, earworming jubilation crossed generations and genres, infecting kids on TikTok and grandparents […]

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Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Breaks Billboard’s Singles Record

The longest-running No. 1 single in the 61-year history of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart is not by Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson or Madonna. And no longer is that record held by “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, from 1995, or “Despacito,” the 2017 Latin smash by Luis Fonsi, with […]

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The Country-Rap Song Taking Over Nashville? It Isn’t ‘Old Town Road’

The second most-viewed version of Blanco Brown’s “The Git Up” on YouTube — after the original, audio-only clip — is a video in which he teaches the country singer Lainey Wilson the song’s accompanying dance. “The Git Up” is an instructional number: almost every lyric is a direction for where to place your foot, your […]

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