Editor’s note: Lil Nas X has since deleted his tweet and Instagram post about his Grammy win. See the update below.
The Premiere Ceremony kicked off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday (Jan. 26), which awarded several categories that will not be shown on TV. One of those was best music video, which went to Lil Nas X’s cinematic “Old Town Road” video with Billy Ray Cyrus, marking his first win of the evening — and his first win ever.
“THANK U TO EVERYBODY!! I AM NOW GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTIST LIL NAS X !!!” he exclaimed on Twitter along with a handful of trophy emojis. He also shared a thank you on Instagram, posting a snippet of the modern-day Western video and writing “GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTIST LIL NAS X!!!!” with more trophy emojis.
Shortly after posting, Lil Nas X deleted both his tweet and Instagram post out of respect for basketball star Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. The rapper then tweeted, “didn’t mean any disrespect to kobe with that announcement. the news made me sad too! sending love to those grieving.”
Lil Nas could be a six-time Grammy winner by the end of the night, as he’s one of this year’s most-nominated artists with six nods. “Old Town Road” is also up for record of the year and best pop duo/group performance, “Panini” is up for best rap/sung performance, 7 is up for album of the year, and Lil Nas X is up for best new artist.
Stay tuned for Billboard.com’s complete coverage of the 2020 Grammys, including our live Grammys pre-show that begins on Sunday (Jan. 26) at 5:30PM ET.