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CMA voters deciding whether to nominate 'Old Town Road'

FILE - In this June 23, 2019 file photo, Lil Nas X arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Lil Nas X created a musical phenomenon with his song “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus, but many in Nashville are trying to decide whether to nominate it for a country music award. Voting is under way now for nominations for the Country Music Association Awards, held on Nov. 13, but the song faces an uphill challenge. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

NASHVILLE — Rapper Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus has created a musical phenomenon, but many in Nashville are trying to decide whether to nominate it for a country music award.

Voting is underway for nominations for the Country Music Association Awards.

“Old Town Road” faces an uphill challenge.

Hit songwriter and producer Shane McAnally says most people in the country music industry do not consider it a country song. Billboard removed the song from the country charts early on, but it made enough of an impact that it became eligible anyway.

Non-country artists have gotten CMA nominations, but it’s a lot harder without broad support among Nashville’s labels and country radio.

CMA voters include musicians, producers, songwriters, touring professionals, country radio employees and others.

The CMA show will be held Nov. 13.

Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press