Many people suggested that the decision not to classify the song as country was evidence of racism in the country music scene.
Country music veteran Billy Ray Cyrus - father of Miley Cyrus and the man behind triple Platinum earworms like "Achy Breaky Heart" - has just covered Lil Nas X's controversial hit, "Old Country Road".
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"Old Town Road" now sits at No. 15 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. In a press release, the country singer says he loved the song the first time he heard it, and that he's "honored" to work with the Atlanta-based rapper and singer. Not critics or anyone else. "Country music fans don't need to be defined by critics". Don't try and think outside the box. After Lil Nas X delivers his memorable bars, Cyrus closes out the song echoing lyrics about luxurious cars and jewelry. Think like there is no box. But with country trap, I in no way want to take credit for that. When I got thrown off the charts, Waylon Jennings said to me "Take this as a compliment" means you're doing something great! "Welcome to the club!" The song reached No. 19 on the Billboard Hot Country chart for the week of March 16, but it was removed because it didn't embrace enough elements of country music.
"Upon further review, it was determined that "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X does not now merit inclusion on Billboard's country charts", Billboad said in a statement.