This week, the "Old Town Road" rapper took home the country music award for Musical Event of the Year at the CMAs and made history as the first openly gay black artist to ever do so.
"First Country Music Award win!" Lil Nas X wrote on Instagram to celebrate his historic achievement.
Billy Ray Cyrus, who also took home a trophy for his feature on the "Old Town Road" remix, posted a photo with the 20-year-old on Instagram, writing, "What a great night celebrating!"
The well-deserved moment came after Lil Nas X received anti-gay comments, making it all-the-more significant.
Since then, Lil Nas X — real name Montero Lamar Hill — has commented on his coming out experience, telling Time magazine he was inspired to speak his truth after "seeing Pride flags everywhere and seeing couples holding hands."
In another interview that same month, the Atlanta native said he hoped his story would "open doors" for other young queer people to "feel more comfortable" to do the same.
There's no doubt that seeing Lil Nas X living his life unapologetically — and continuing to achieve massive success — has inspired many others. Cowboy hats off to him on his history-making accomplishment at the CMAs 👏🏾!