Lil Nas X
has once again shattered the internet.
The 22-year-old artist took the stage at the 2021 BET Awards
to perform “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” Dressed in a gold Egyptian pharaoh costume with an image of a sphinx behind him, Lil Nas X tore the stage up at Sunday's show with a performance inspired by Michael Jackson
's "Remember The Time" video.
At the end of his performance, he leaned over and kissed one of his male backup dancers, which was a first for the BET Awards stage.
fuck it lmaoooo #BETAwards pic.twitter.com/ZLvb9PdIj0 — UnitedWasDopeOnce (@DopeWas) June 28, 2021
The openly gay artist received a standing ovation for his daring performance, and Black
Twitter erupted, with many remarking on how timely the moment was for Black gay visibility, especially during Pride Month
Me, watching Lil Nas X make out with another black man on national television
during Pride month pic.twitter.com/TKX7AO6mAy — The Casual Sex
Captain (@jiggyjayy2) June 28, 2021
LIL NAS X BETTER!!!!#BETAwards pic.twitter.com/iF9Tzfq3hp — MBali Woo (@TheJessieWoo) June 28, 2021
I KNEWWW LIL NAS X WAS GOING TO MAKE US REMEMBER THE TIME!! #BETAwards pic.twitter.com/ACXq5uozO9 — Trill Clinton (@summertime516) June 28, 2021
When the music video
for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” debuted in March, it sparked widespread homophobic outrage, with the two-time Grammy
winner descending to hell on a stripper pole and performing a lap dance for Satan
Lil Nas X's entire performance can be viewed below.
@LilNasX just did that! #BETAwards #CulturesBiggestNight pic.twitter.com/Ft0AzAitvJ — BET (@BET) June 28, 2021