Lil Nas X Makes History As First Black Gay Man To Make Forbes’ Country Acts List
Lil Nas X Forbes Country Acts: Lil Nas X first made history with his billboard charting hit single, Old Town Road. The song however, faced criticisms as many claimed it was not a “real” country song. This led to its being removed from the billboard country charts.
Forbes has seemingly put all that to bed, by including the singer on the Forbes “Highest Paid Country Acts” list.
However, his monstrous hit song and surrounding controversy were not the only reasons Nas made headlines this year. The 20-year-old officially came out as gay this summer on Twitter, citing his song “C7osure” and the accompanying video as hints he gave to fans regarding his sexuality.
While his coming out received some backlash, something many queer artists have dealt with in the spotlight, 2019 was still his year, and now he’s made history in a new way as the first black, gay man to be featured in the aforementioned Forbes list.
Forbes wrote in the article that “Lil Nas X is both the first openly gay act and the first person of color to make it.” While feats like these should definitely be celebrated, it seems absurd that neither a gay person nor a person of color have ever succeeded in country to such a degree that they would be eligible for this list.
Now, though, Lil Nas X’s success and accomplishments have hopefully opened more doors for gay artists and artists of colour to feel encouraged to venture into the country scene. Here’s to making more history in the future for the trailblazer.