Lil Nas X Heats Up the 2021 BET Awards With Steamy Kiss During "Montero" Performance

Lil Nas X shut down the 2021 BET Awards with an unforgettable performance of his hit-making song, "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)."

By Alyssa Morin Jun 28, 2021 3:13 AMTags
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A night to remember!

Lil Nas X continued to bring the heat to the 2021 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Following his head-turning red carpet looks on Sunday, June 27, in which he made two major style statements, the 22-year-old star also lit up the room with an epic performance during the show.

Taking to the stage, the singer performed his hit-making tune, "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," which most certainly made audience members get up off their seats and dance along. And like his steamy music video, Lil Nas X made sure there was an elaborate theme for the BET Awards.

The "Old Town Road" star seemingly paid homage to Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time" video with his Egyptian-themed performance. Playing things up, Lil Nas X dressed as a pharaoh and was decked out in a glimmering gold outfit with matching knee-high boots. He also had all-male dancers wearing similar attire.

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And while the performance itself was show-stopping, the "Panini" singer dropped jaws with his grand finale. Before exiting the stage, he made out with one of his dancers, which drew roaring applause and loud cheers in the room.

"One thing about Lil Nas X, he gone break the internet," one Twitter fan wrote, with another adding, "I'm glad Lil Nas X did that kiss at the end. So many needed to see that for different reasons."

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Ahead of his performance, the singer teased that he was going to put on an unforgettable show.

Before commanding the stage, Lil Nas X shut down the red carpet with two eye-catching ensembles. For his first look, he wore an over-the-top gown by Andrea Grossi that featured a one-of-a-kind print. He later switched things up and donned an embellished floral power suit by Richard Quinn.

It's no secret the pop star is having an incredible year. Back in September, he told E! News that being hunkered down at home amid the coronavirus pandemic was a great creative outlet for him.

"Quarantine has probably been the best thing that could have happened to me to where I am in my career right now," he said at the time. "It's given me so much time to think through while creating music."

He added, "I know what I put out next people are going to love...I'm just confident in what I've been working on."

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