After a string of spirited award-winning performances over the past year – and ahead of the release of her debut album “Montero” later this month – the question was not if, but how would Lil Nas X elevate. the bar at the 2021 MTV Music Video Awards Sunday.
The Grammy winner did that and then some with a recreation of his “Industry Baby” music video, including the now infamous prison shower scene in which the nearly naked singer literally wipes the floor with help. of some fellow prisoners.
A triumphant Lil Nas X – after an introduction from “Pose” star Billy Porter, who noted that the world isn’t always welcoming to “Black Boy Joy” – appeared on stage leading a line of neon pink drums with the album name emblazoned on its chest.
Soon after, he took off his uniform and entered “Montero State Prison”, which was modeled on the set of his music video, and was joined by a group of masked dancers.
After an assist from rapper Jack Harlowe, who appeared on stage in an all-leather outfit, it was time to take a ride to the communal showers. There, Lil Nas X undressed in pink boxers. What followed was an all-out dance number rivaling “Cell Block Tango,” with Lil Nas X rolling the body, twerking, and serving with a handful of male dancers in matching shorts and knee pads.
The VMAs performance is the latest in a long line of shameless Lil Nas X displays in recent months.
At the BET Awards in June, he kissed one of his male dancers (rumored to be boyfriend Yai Ariza) on stage during a performance of his single “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”.
And then there was her infamous stripper routine during her debut on “Saturday Night Live,” which resulted in the singer ripping his pants off in the middle of the song.
Ahead of the show, the singer announced he was pregnant with the new album in a maternity-style photoshoot with an oversized belly and flower crown.
As might be expected, the stunt drew a lot of criticism, but the singer took the attention to create a “baby registry” that encourages fans to donate to social causes, including organizations. non-profit for the benefit of LGBTQ and black communities.
“The pandemic has helped me get out of the idea of trying to please everyone and the idea of ’He’s a cool gay person; he’s an acceptable homosexual, ”the artist told Variety. “I used to see things like that as a compliment, but it’s not. It just means that you love people and they never become legends.
“I wanted to be even more authentic in my music and let people come into my life,” he added. “I’m a lot more confident now – in my music, myself, my sexuality, the things I think I stand for.”
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