NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On the heels of "Old Town Road (Billy Ray Cyrus remix)" being certified diamond by the RIAA, Cyrus learned today he leads nominations as a country artist in the 2019 American Music Awards. Cyrus is nominated in the Collaboration of the Year category for the track with Lil Nas X, as well as Favorite Music Video, Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Song and Favorite Pop/Rock Song.
As ABC News Radio reported, "Billy Ray Cyrus leads all country nominees for this year's American Music Awards, with four nods. Ironically, none of them are in the country music categories."
"I just read that story and this is my favorite quote of the year. Nothing sums up my career better than this," says Cyrus.
Not only is “Old Town Road (Billy Ray Cyrus remix)" the first song of 2019 to gain the diamond recognition, it is the first in the RIAA’s history to meet the minimum requirement of 10,000,000 units sold so quickly.
The AMA nods, which aren't in any country category, follow a record-breaking year for Cyrus after he was nominated in the Musical Event of the Year category with Lil Nas X for the 53rd CMA Awards. Recently, he took him two MTV VMA Moonmen for Song of the Year and Best Direction, as well as two trophies at the BET Hop Awards for Best Collab, Duo or Group and Single of the Year.
The 2019 American Music Awards air November 24 on ABC. Here are the AMA country music nominees: COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper “Shallow” Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” Marshmello & Bastille “Happier” Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita” Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower ( Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse )” FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO Billie Eilish “bad guy” Ariana Grande “7 rings” Halsey “Without Me” Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” Taylor Swift “You Need to Calm Down” FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK Halsey “Without Me” Jonas Brothers “Sucker” Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” Panic! At The Disco “High Hopes” Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse )” FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” Post Malone “Wow.” Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”
About Billy Ray Cyrus: Billy Ray Cyrus became a household name over the course of his unprecedented career which spans across music, television and theater. Throughout his nearly three decade career, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, KY native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album chart at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, "Achy Breaky Heart," became a phenomenon as the single went multi-platinum. After "Achy Breaky Heart," Cyrus followed up with back to back hits “It Could’ve Been Me,” “She’s Not Crying Anymore,” “Wher'm I Gonna Live When I Get Home?” and the anthemic “Some Gave All.” Cyrus knocked himself out of the top Billboard position with the his second No. 1 album, It Won’t Be The Last, featuring smash hits “In the Heart of a Woman,” “Words By Heart” and “Somebody New.” Cyrus followed up with dozens more that defined country music. “To me, my most defining moment in country was being joined by George Jones and Loretta Lynn on my self-penned ‘Country Music Has the Blues,’” said Cyrus. He also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in “Doc” and “Still The King,” as well as the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley. Recently, Cyrus has shattered records with Lil Nas X with the global smash, "Old Town Road," which remained No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 consecutive weeks.