Several other artists not usually identified with country, namely Robert Plant, Kelly Clarkson and Elle King, have won CMA Awards in this category over the years.
The CMA Awards revealed the winners in two categories via ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday (Nov. 13), hours ahead of the 53rd annual CMA Awards, with Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road (Remix)" (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) taking musical event of the year and Kacey Musgraves' "Rainbow" taking music video of the year.
The win for "Old Town Road (Remix)" was hardly surprising, given the single's record-breaking run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it is remarkable. Lil Nas X is the first hip-hop artist to win in that category. Moreover, since that award is presented to both artist and producer, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails are now CMA Awards winners.
Reznor and Ross have both a co-writing and co-production credit on "Old Town Road (Remix)" because the smash samples the Nine Inch Nails track "34 Ghosts IV" from their sixth studio album Ghosts I–IV (2008).