The “Old Town Road” hype just won’t let up. Rapper Lil Nas X is officially a Grammy-nominated artist after it was announced Wednesday that he is in the running for several top awards on “music’s biggest night,” including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year.
Nas X is going up against some tough competition with a total of six nods: for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, opposite Ariana Grande and Social House, the Jonas Brothers, Post Malone and Swae Lee, and Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello; Best Rap/Sung Performance, opposite DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle and John Legend, Lil Baby and Gunna, Mustard and Roddy Ricch, and Young Thug, J. Cole and Travis Scott; and Best Music Video, opposite The Chemical Brothers, Gary Clark Jr., FKA twigs, and Tove Lo.
In the night’s top categories, Nas X faces the likes of Lizzo, who with eight noms has the most of any artist, and Billie Eilish, who ties with Nas X for second most-nominated of the list, having six noms.
“NO FUCKING WAY,” Nas X tweeted, presumably in response to his nominations.
2019 has surely been Nas X’s best year to-date. The 20-year-old went from unknown alleged Twitter troll to the hottest artist out when he dropped “Old Town Road,” with a later remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. At the height of the song’s record-breaking success (20 weeks at no. 1 on the Hot 100 charts), he came out as gay via Twitter during Pride month, tweeting an animated video to his track “C7osure (You Like).”
“Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more,” he tweeted, “but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure.”
Added to the tweet were three emojis, including a rainbow.
After nabbing covers of just about every magazine possible, he then went on to win countless awards including “Song of the Year” at the MTV Video Music Awards. It was the first time a gay man had been honored in the category, which did not exist until 2018. Then earlier this month, he became the first gay musician to take home a Country Music Association Award for his own song. He and collaborator Billy Ray Cyrus won the “Musical Event of the Year” trophy for the remix of “Old Town Road.”
In October, Nas X became just the second gay man to have a track certified Diamond, with “Old Town Road” becoming the fastest song in history to reach the milestone.
We’ll see if the Panini rapper can take home the gold early next year when the Grammy’s airs on January 26.