There is no guidebook for showing up to your first awards show, but Lil Nas X, keeper of the current (still) song of summer, has never seemed to require much direction. And that was the case with his big stage debut at the BET Awards on Sunday night.
Despite his trolling on Twitter before the awards show about what the contents of his BET Awards performance would include, Lil Nas X delivered exactly what the people wanted once the time came for him to make his debut. The rapper rode in on horseback along with Billy Ray Cyrus and some tumbleweed, then burst into the saloon setup on stage for his first ever awards show performance of "Old Town Road," which has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eleven weeks in a row. Come to think of it, this was Cyrus's first BET Awards performance, too. The song's producer, Youngkio, also made an appearance on the red carpet for the ceremony began.
Not since Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" era have chaps been so relevant, but here is Lil Nax X in a black cowboy hat, a custom black and yellow chaps and a monogrammed yellow leather fringe jacket to match, bringing everybody—even Cardi B, who is featured on the rapper's debut EP and opened the BET Awards with her husband, Offset—to their feet at the Staples Center. And yes, everyone there seemed to know the Billy Ray Cyrus verse by heart, too. They seem to have really found their live performance groove since the first time they performed "Old Town Road" together in April during a Stagecoach festival set with Diplo.
Everybody at the BET Awards seemed to want a picture with Lil Nas X—Lizzo, John Legend, and of course, even Rihanna, all met the yeehaw prince at the awards ceremony, which he shared with his two million followers on Instagram.
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Your move, CMT Awards.
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