Lil Nas X performed at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards tonight. After an introduction by collaborator Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X performed his recent single “Panini” alongside a troupe of futuristic dancers. His performance was preceded by a brief clip that cast Lil Nas X as president. Watch it go down below.
Lil Nas X is nominated in eight categories at this year’s VMAs: Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist presented by Taco Bell, Best Collaboration, Best Hip-Hop, Best Direction, Best Editing, and Best Art Direction. The Atlanta artist has had a busy summer: He released his debut 7 EP and set a new record for the longest-running No. 1 single in charts history. He also got Young Thug and Mason Ramsey and also BTS’ RM for new “Old Town Road” remixes.
Read “How Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Became a Lightning Rod for Race, the Charts, and Country Music” on the Pitch.
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