Trent Reznor likely received a phone call that he wasn’t expecting this week, as the Nine Inch Nails singer and acclaimed composer has been nominated for his first-ever CMA Award.
According to reports, the hit pop song “Old Town Road” received a nomination in the “Musical Event of the Year” category for the 2019 Country Music Association Awards. As most award shows do with industry personnel who work on specific projects, each producer is also acknowledged to receive credit for each nomination. That means, by hilarious default, Reznor, Atticus Ross, and “Old Town Road” producer YoungKio, are now nominated for the country music award.
Since its initial release back on December 3rd, “Old Town Road” has sold over 3,000,000 units in the United States alone based on the industry’s current sales and streaming calculations. The song also broke a record by staying atop the Billboard “Hot 100” singles chart for an astounding 19 weeks until it was recently dethroned by Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy”.
Reznor and longtime collaborator Atticus Ross were in the headlines recently as it was announced earlier this week that they will create the score for Pixar’s forthcoming animated jazz-inspired film, Soul.