Kacey Musgraves, Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus Celebrate Early CMA Award Wins

Three early CMA trophy winners were announced Wednesday morning (Nov. 13) via Good Morning America.

Kacey Musgraves‘ “Rainbow” won Music Video of the Year. The clip was directed by Hannah Lux Davis. Musgraves is nominated in three categories this year, also up for Female Vocalist of the Year, and Song of the Year (“Rainbow”). Musgraves previously won the CMA Song of the Year in 2014 with “Follow Your Arrow.” Last year, her album Golden Hour was named Album of the Year at the CMA Awards; the album would go on to also win the all-genre Album of the Year honor at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ record-breaking hit “Old Town Road” won the CMA’s Musical Event of the Year honor. In July, the track made chart history, spending 17 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, making it the longest-running No. 1 hit in the history of the chart, and besting a previous tie set by the 1995 hit “One Sweet Day” from Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, as well as the 2017 hit “Despacito” from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (ft. Justin Bieber), each with a 16-week reign. The track was produced by YoungKio, Trent Reznor and Atticus Matthew Ross.

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards will be held this evening (Nov. 13), airing live on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

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