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LIL NAS X WAS NERVOUS ABOUT PERFORMING HIS RISQUÉ ‘BET AWARDS’ SET IN FRONT OF ‘OVERLY MASCULINE RAPPERS’
Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021
Out magazine cover star Lil Nas X is opening up about his sensual Egyptian-royalty-themed BET Music Awards performance of “(Montero) Call Me By Your Name.” The “Industry Baby” star revealed that he was hesitant about “touching on dudes and hugging them and kissing them” in front of “overly masculine rappers,” and questioned if he should even perform in front of the BET Music Awards audience.
“[People always say] go where you’re accepted and stuff like that, but you can’t always just go where you’re accepted,” he said. “You’ve got to go and break down those walls and say, ‘This is my space now too.”” Lil Nas X shared with Out.
Despite his initial concerns, the 22-year-old rapper didn’t let a few nerves stop him from “throwing a little ass” and closing out his spicy performance with a makeout session with one of his male dancers.
“[The BET performance] was like jumping in a lake full of sharks and piranhas — and I’ve had to do that so many times within these last three years. Even coming out, that was terrifying.”
The “Old Town Road” star’s BET Awards performance came on the heels of his highly controversial music video for “(Montero) Call Me By Your Name” where he took a stripper pole straight to hell to give Satan a spicy lapdance before slicing his neck. He took it a step further by selling Nike Air Max 97 custom-made “Satan Shoes” which allegedly contained one drop of human blood and have a “666” and the “Luke 10:18” bible verse embroidered on the sides.