MTV VMAs 2021: Lil Nas X pulls shocking semi-nude act
The Grammy-winning crooner belted out his recent hit single ‘Industry Baby’ as he landed on the stage semi-nude
If Lil Nas X is present at an award show, he is bound to make headlines with his stunning red carpet appearances and hair-raising onstage performances. Continuing the ritual, the ‘Old Town Road (Remix)’ hitmaker gave an edgy performance as he took over the stage of MTV VMAs 2021 on Sunday, September 12.
The 22-year-old singer first raised eyebrows with his glittery lavender outfit while rocking the mullet hairstyle from the 80s. Looking at his red carpet outfit, it seems he channeled the late singer Prince with his all-purple ensemble by Atelier Versace. The gorgeous outfit of Nas X was surely one of the highlights with sparkling pants and an off-the-shoulder coat with a sweeping train. Speaking of his performance, the Grammy-winning crooner belted out his recent hit single ‘Industry Baby’ as he landed on the stage semi-nude.
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Lil Nas X steals the show with raunchy performance
Lil Nas X first got on the stage with his pants on with a bunch of male background dancers hyping him on the song ‘Industry Baby’. However, he soon dropped the pants as he continued the rest of the performance in briefs. The male background dancers too created the buzz in the same attire as the audience cheered them up. The multi-platinum singer has given similar performances in the past at various award shows in the last year.
Speaking of the 2021 edition of MTV VMAs award show, Justin Bieber with seven nods picked up Best Pop and Artist of the Year. Whereas, Olivia Rodrigo grabbed Song of the Year for ‘drivers license’. Megan Thee Stallion scored six nods and teen sensation Billie Eilish managed to score five nominations. Since MTV VMAs 2021 came after a day of the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, the Moon Person trophy was redesigned by Kehinde Wiley in order to honor the victims. Speaking on the same, MTV in an official statement said, as reported by Rolling Stone, “Kehinde Wiley’s Moon Person sculpture represents inclusivity and diversity marked by the historical, environmental and nature relevance of the botanicals.”
.@LilNasX delivered a powerful performance at the #VMAs and shined a spotlight on the stigma that fuels HIV, especially across the South. Mardrequs Harris from @SouthernAIDSCo wore the number 433,816 in red, representing the the number of people living with HIV in the U.S. South pic.twitter.com/XNLvt9x9C7— GLAAD (@glaad) September 13, 2021
‘Republicans and straights aren’t gonna like this’
Creating quite the buzz with his raunchy performance, Nas X led to chaos on Twitter as social media users rushed to speak about the singer’s latest performance. One user claimed, “Oh the Republicans and straights aren’t gonna like this. I can see the “THERE’S KIDS WATCHING comments and tweets now.” Another user tweeted, “Let's not lie.. they gave the best performance so far.” Whereas, the next one tweeted, “I don’t t like him but he’s the only male artist this generation who can actually perform.”
One individual posted, ”I can’t help but think of all the young gay kids watching awards shows growing up and how seen, inspired and excited they are to see representation like this. IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE GAY.” And, another person said, “Lil nas x there we go pink glitter underwear Briefs the extraness, the gayness, show off.” Meanwhile, one chimed in and stated, “I love Lil Nas X sooo much. I love how he’s authentically himself and he is still loved. He’s revolutionary” as another concluded, “Lil Nas X performance was actually cute THE ending was a bit extra but still cute.” While another said: "Lil Nas x did it for the gays, i can't stand such iconicness. Also that last choreo...... #VMAs #VMA2021."
Oh the Republicans and straights aren’t gonna like this. I can see the “THERE’S KIDS WATCHING 🤢” comments and tweets now— Paul⁴ ✱ BLM (@selenastan18) September 13, 2021
let's not lie.. they gave the best performance so far— ... (@ring_sgomez) September 13, 2021
I don’t t like him but he’s the only male artist this generation who can actually perform— Esha (@selsforeign) September 13, 2021
I can’t help but think of all the young gay kids watching awards shows growing up and how seen, inspired and excited they are to see representation like this. IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE GAY @LilNasX #VMAS— Stanley’s Hucci (@indiemaree) September 13, 2021
Lil nas x there we go pink glitter underwear 🩲 the extraness, the gayness, show off #vmas— Elijah Neal (@Elijahizms) September 13, 2021
I love Lil Nas X sooo much. I love how he’s authentically himself and he is still loved. He’s revolutionary. #vmas— Nicole Michalik (@NicoleisNik) September 13, 2021
MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) 2021 were held on September 12, 2021, at Barclays Center, New York City in front of a live audience. The 40th edition of the coveted awards ceremony began at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT and was aired live on CTV.