With the benefit of 12 hours of hindsight, it seems accurate to say that no one had more fun at the 2021 VMAs than Lil Nas X. He went into the night with five nominations and left with three, including the show’s top prize of Video of the Year. He brought his cinematic visions for both “Industry Baby” and “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” to life onstage with a dazzling performance.
And by the time MTV News got ahold of him backstage, LNX was searching very high in the sky for the right description to match his mood. “What does it feel like? I’m on cloud 179,” he told correspondent Dometi Pongo. Without missing a beat, because few understand the value of promotion as well as he does, LNX quickly added some key information in a single breath: “And my album comes out September 17. Everybody go buy my album!”
To that end, his debut, Montero, is set to reveal even more sides of the multitalented artist than we’ve seen since he galloped on the scene in late 2018 with “Old Town Road.” Sometimes I genuinely forget he’s the same dude who gave us the Billboard-disrupting song about “bull-riding and boobies” and a Billy Ray Cyrus career resurgence because he’s spent the years since completely redefining himself at every turn. He even gave “Old Town Road” a quick “I don’t know her” during the interview, playfully mistaking it for Breland’s “My Truck.”
It shows that LNX is on a path of self-revelation, which he will continue to mine on Montero. “This new era is about finding myself, I guess. Covid gave me a lot of time to think about what I want to do in life and how I have to stop caring about what everybody else wanna think about wha