NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Billy Ray Cyrus is on a roll and is making room on the trophy shelf. After taking home two MTV VMA Moonmen for Song of the Year and Best Direction for Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road (Remix, featuring Cyrus),” the global icon and singer/songwriter learned today he’s nominated in the Musical Event of the Year category with Lil Nas X during the 53rd CMA Awards, being held on November 13 on ABC.
“It’s crazy. It’s like the twilight zone of my life. I flew home from New York, put my Moonmen on the shelf and laid down for a solid 8 hours. I wake up and learn I’m nominated in the Country Music Association’s Musical Event of the Year on a song eliminated by Billboard critics for not ’embracing enough elements of today’s country music,’ ” said Cyrus.
Cyrus and Lil Nas X went on to shatter Billboard Hot 100 all-genre records as the longest-running No. 1 for 19 consecutive weeks.
This fall, Cyrus is focused on his new single, “Chevys and Fords,” with fellow BBR Music Group/BMG recording artist Johnny McGuire.
“For better or worse, I’m Billy Ray Cyrus from Flatwoods, Kentucky. I love country music and I love a great country song. When I heard Chevys and Fords… it struck me as both. I feel like I’m starting my first band and man I’m excited. The single ships September 3rd!” said Cyrus.
On September 8, Cyrus will co-host the Canadian Country Music Association Awards (CCMA®) with Dallas Smith, which airs live on Global from Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome at 9 p.m. EST/PST, where he’ll also perform the worldwide premiere of “Chevys and Fords.” Cyrus is the first ever American to be bestowed the honor to host the Canadian Country Music Association Awards.
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 has remained No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 consecutive weeks. Returning to his Kentucky roots, BBR Music Group/BMG released Cyrus’s new single on July 19 with emerging artist Johnny McGuire titled, “Chevys and Fords,” which Rolling Stone Country proclaimed is “a gently rocking country tune brimming with Springsteen-inspired, vehicle-based nostalgia…finds the two vocalists singing about how they come from a long line of Chevys and Fords.’“
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