Lil Nas X Feels Slighted After Witnessing Beyonce's Triumph in Country Music Scene

The 'Old Town Road' hitmaker expresses his mixed feelings as he compares his past experiences in the country music scene to Beyonce Knowles and Shaboozey' triumphs with their country collaboration.

AceShowbiz - Lil Nas X, known for his genre-blending hit "Old Town Road", which spent a record-breaking 19 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, has candidly shared his thoughts on the differing reception Black artists have received in the country music scene.

During a recent interview with BBC, he expressed his conflicted emotions regarding the significant milestones achieved by Beyonce Knowles and Shaboozey in the Billboard country charts.

The "Montero" artist revealed, "I wish this would have happened for me… I wasn't even able to experience this." His 2019 single, despite its massive success, was controversially removed from Billboard's country charts for not embracing "enough elements of today's country music."

This decision sparked widespread criticism and raised questions about racial biases within the industry. Yet, for Lil Nas X, even winning the 2019 CMA Award for musical event of the year with Billy Ray Cyrus did not fully mitigate his feelings of exclusion from the country music community.

In stark contrast, Beyonce's foray into country music with her album "Cowboy Carter" and the hit "Texas Hold 'Em" has seen unprecedented success, marking her as the first Black woman to top both the Hot Country Songs and Country Albums charts.

Her collaborator, Shaboozey, also made history with his No. 1 hit "A Bar Song (Tipsy)." Their accomplishments highlight a shift towards a more inclusive recognition of Black artists within the genre. Lil Nas X acknowledged their successes, stating he was "happy" for them but conflicted given his past experiences.

When announcing her country album, Beyonce also noted the challenges she faced when she first delved into country music. "This album has been over five years in the making. It was born out of an experience that I had years ago where I did not feel welcomed…and it was very clear that I wasn't." Despite the hurdles, her perseverance paid off, paving the way for artists like Shaboozey.

Asked if he would consider returning to country music, Lil Nas X shared that he has been "trying out some country [sounds] here and there over the last couple of years," but emphasized his desire to connect with the music authentically rather than forcing it. His recent works have leaned more into rap and hip-hop, with notable collaborations and the anticipation of new releases.

The contrasting journeys of these artists underline the evolving landscape of country music and the ongoing conversation about race and genre inclusivity. Lil Nas X's reflections remind us of the progress that still needs to be made to ensure that all artists receive equal recognition and celebration for their contributions, regardless of their background.

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