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28 June 2021, 14:35 | Updated: 28 June 2021, 16:24
Lil Nas X put on an electric live performance at the BET Awards and celebrated his sexuality with a steamy onstage kiss...
Lil Nas X treated fans to yet another performance of smash-hit 'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)' at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday – and the star even shared a passionate smooch in the process.
It wasn't just the costumes, vocals and choreography that got audiences talking... Lil Nas packed on the PDA with one of his male dancers – what a way to see out Pride Month!
The unexpected kiss came at the end of the 22-year-old singer's set and caused quite the stir online – but Nas isn't standing for it...
The performance stayed true to the saucy viral music video that has amassed over 270 million views at the time of writing.
The rendition paid homage to Michael Jackson's 'Remember The Time' music video, using a similar costume and set design that calls back to Ancient Egypt.
Lil Nas looked a vision dressed as a pharaoh, donning a head-to-toe gold ensemble complete with bedazzled knee-high boots as he sang his hit track.
It wasn't until the end of the epic performance that audiences were treated to a long passionate kiss that the singer shared with his backup dancer.
The rapper received a standing ovation and a wave of admiration online over the iconic performance, however, some social media users criticised the romantic display.
Lil Nas took to Twitter to fire back at the negativity, writing: "Y’all really like to pretend homosexuality didn’t exist in african culture [sic]."
y’all really like to pretend homosexuality didn’t exist in african culture https://t.co/mGmah0CbP9— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) June 28, 2021
Lil Nas X is the black gay popstar I needed to see as a kid. The fearlessness it takes to be so decidedly queer in front of a notoriously homophobic audience. I needed that. pic.twitter.com/Y7n4ZGDGEM— Sisa (@BaddieTitan) June 28, 2021
The celebration of homosexuality was commended online, with many praising the singer for representing queer black culture.
Fans were quick to point out the much needed representation that the star brings to the industry, paving the way for future black and gay artists!
We can't wait to see Lil Nas' next show-stopping performance!