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CMA Award 2019: Country Music Veteran ‘Trent Reznor’ Nabs His First CMA Award

INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 11: Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails performs live during the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival 2018 on August 11, 2018 in Incheon, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)

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When Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ record-breaking “Old Town Road” was given the CMA Award for the off-camera classification Musical Event of the Year on Wednesday, it was notable for a couple of reasons. First off, it denotes the first CMA win for Atlanta-based rapper-artist Lil Nas X, just as the first in quite a while for “Achy Breaky Heart Heart” star Cyrus. Maybe considerably all the more amazing, however, is that the “Old Town Road” win additionally gains Nine Inch Nails pioneer Trent Reznor his first CMA Award for creation, a respect he imparts to his incessant partner Atticus Ross and YoungKio.

Call it a glad mishap, possibly: “Old Town Road” includes a short banjo composition that was lifted from Nine Inch Nails’ “34 Ghosts IV,” from the 2008 album Ghosts I–IV. YoungKio lifted that segment and included snare beats, a creation that Lil Nas X acquired online for an insignificant $30. The completed item, including the first and Cyrus remix, proceeded to turn into a worldwide crush. For his accidental job in this achievement, Reznor concedes he was astonished and at first shocked when he heard the change.

“At first, when you hear your stuff turned into something else, it always feels awkward because it’s something that intimately came from you in some way,” Reznor disclosed to Rolling Stone in October.

Reznor recently had a major brush with down home music in 2003, when Johnny Cash conveyed an obvious adaptation of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” for American IV: The Man Comes Around with maker Rick Rubin. American IV proceeded to guarantee the CMA Award for Album of the Year in 2003, while “Hurt” got Single of the Year and Video of the Year for its Mark Romanek-coordinated cut — yet Reznor’s arrangement didn’t end up among the last chosen people in the Song of the Year class.

That experience of having an individual tune translated by a nation symbol was likewise odd for Reznor from the start.

“You feel a little bit violated, you know?” he said. “And then you get over that, and you realize it has become something else, and the Johnny Cash thing is incredible. It’s very flattering.”

Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus aren’t recorded among this current evening’s performers at the CMA Awards, yet it’s difficult to envision the service going without probably some notice of the tune. Artists slated to make that big appearance incorporate Dierks Bentley with Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton with Pink, and Lady Antebellum with Halsey. Co-facilitated via Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, and Reba McEntire, the 53rd yearly CMA Awards show live today around evening time at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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