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TikTok sensation Lil Nas X rewrites the rules of country music

Screen shot of Lil Nas X from his music video for "Old Town Road" with Billy Rae Cyrus

20-year-old social media star-turned-rapper Lil Nas X has turned country music on its head. Lil Nas X hit the top of the Billboard 100 chart this week for his controversial hit "Old Town Road" after it became the subject of a viral video challenge on karaoke app TikTok.

Why it matters: Lil Nas X inadvertently set off a country music crisis when his song first appeared on the Billboard Hot Country chart last month. Nashville elites denounced his placement on the list, prompting a social media firestorm over who and what should be considered "country music."

Women dominate the slate at the 2019 Grammys

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Cardi B. Photo: Taylor Hill/Film Magic via Getty Images

The 2019 Grammys ceremony proves that this past year was the year of the woman, AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu reports.

Details: The Grammys have powerful female voices representing the majority in two of the top categories along with many others. Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R. and Janelle Monáe are up for album of the year and were also producers on their own projects. Brandi Carlile and Cardi B are up for both album and record of the year.

Editor's note: This post has been corrected to remove a sentence stating that Kevin Hart had stepped down as host of the Grammys. (He stepped down as the host of the Oscars earlier this week.)