Lil Nas X kisses dancer after Egyptian-themed BET Awards performance of Montero

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Lil Nas X passionately kissed one of his dancers after performing his hit song Montero (Call Me by Your Name) at the 21st BET Awards on Sunday.

The rapper-singer, 22, who came out as gay in 2019, wrapped his arm around two male dancing before locking lips with one of the hunks during the performance which went viral shortly after hitting the internet.

Lil Nas X, born Montero Lamar Hill, was living his Pharaoh fantasy onstage LA's Microsoft Theater with just three days left to go of LGBT PRIDE month.  

Out and proud: Two-time Grammy winner Lil Nas X passionately kissed one of his dancers after performing his hit song Montero (Call Me by Your Name) at the 21st BET Awards on Sunday

The button-pushing moment echoed the moment Madonna kissed Britney Spears just a little more passionately than Christina Aguilera during her performance at the 2003 MTV VMAs.

The Georgia native later took to Twitter to defend his flamboyant performance from fans accusing him of disrespecting their African ancestors.

Lil Nas X - who boasts 48.4M social media followers - replied: 'Y'all really like to pretend homosexuality didn't exist in African culture.'

The Sun Goes Down singer's controversial track will appear on his long-awaited debut studio album, which finally drops later this summer.   

Lip lock: The 22-year-old rapper-singer - who came out as gay in 2019 - wrapped his arm around two male hoofers but only made out with the one on his left side

Unapologetic: Lil Nas X (born Montero Lamar Hill) was living his Pharaoh fantasy onstage LA's Microsoft Theater with just three days left to go of LGBT PRIDE month

Courting controversy: The button-pushing moment echoed the moment Madonna kissed Britney Spears just a little more passionately than Christina Aguilera during her performance at the 2003 MTV VMAs

'LGBET': The Georgia native later took to Twitter to defend his flamboyant performance from fans accusing him of disrespecting their African ancestors

Lil Nas X - who boasts 48.4M social media followers - replied: 'Y'all really like to pretend homosexuality didn't exist in African culture'

For the awards ceremony, Lil Nas X showcased his chiseled six-pack abs in a golden loin cloth, matching boots, crown, cuffs, and collar.

All 15 of his dancers were men, at one point lifting him in the air for the show.

Several of them appeared to be skilled in voguing, which they highlighted during a choreographed arm formation like the Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva.

Lil Nas X was directly inspired by John Singleton's nine-minute 'short film' for Michael Jackson's Remember The Time in 1992 starring Eddie Murphy and Iman.  

Excited? The Sun Goes Down singer's controversial track will appear on his long-awaited debut studio album, which finally drops later this summer

ABS-olutely fabulous: For the awards ceremony, Lil Nas X showcased his chiseled six-pack abs in a golden loin cloth, matching boots, crown, cuffs, and collar

Highlight: All 15 of his dancers were men, at one point lifting him in the air for the show

Strike a pose: Several of them appeared to be skilled in voguing, which they highlighted during a choreographed arm formation like the Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva

The Old Town Road star even arrived on stage in a black cloak just like the late King of Pop's hooded wizard, who entered an Egyptian palace to entertain the Pharaoh's bored Queen.

Backstage, Lil Nas X relaxed on a small purple couch.

The University of West Georgia drop-out dutifully posed with Constance M. Orlando - who's the executive vice president of specials, music programming, and music strategy for BET.

Lil Nas X also took a moment to embrace choreographer Sean Bankhead who, along with performance coach KJ Rose, crafted his four-minute concert. 

Do you remember? Lil Nas X was inspired by John Singleton's (M) nine-minute 'short film' for Michael Jackson's (2-R) Remember The Time in 1992 starring Eddie Murphy (L) and Iman (R)

Echo: The Old Town Road star even arrived on stage in a black cloak just like the late King of Pop's hooded wizard, who entered an Egyptian palace to entertain the Pharaoh's bored Queen

The former Six Flags staffer - who will soon guest star on an episode of FX's Dave - also posed alongside Grammy-winning rapper Tyler, the Creator.

Earlier on the red carpet, he donned two very different pantsuits, featuring dainty patterns.

Lil Nas X first hit the red carpet in a plunging three-piece Andrea Grossi season one suit selected by stylist Hodo Musa.

Rather than a skirt, he was technically wearing wide-leg pants made to resemble an 18th century pannier.

Taking a breather: Backstage, Lil Nas X relaxed on a small purple couch

Mingling: The University of West Georgia drop-out dutifully posed with Constance M. Orlando (L) - who's the executive vice president of specials, music programming, and music strategy for BET

Mastermind: Lil Nas X also took a moment to embrace choreographer Sean Bankhead (R) who, along with performance coach KJ Rose, crafted his four-minute concert

Dynamic duo? The former Six Flags staffer - who will soon guest star on an episode of FX's Dave - also posed alongside Grammy-winning rapper Tyler, the Creator (R)

For his second look, Lil Nas X opted for a seventies-style Richard Quinn AW/21 suit complete with bell bottoms.

The two-piece creation featured a floral pattern normally seen on tea sets and there were embellishment and lace trim throughout the garment.

He's known to slay the red carpet by serving eye-popping looks that most men in the industry would never dare dream up.

Dainty patterns: Earlier on the red carpet, he donned two very different pantsuits

18th century pannier: Lil Nas X first hit the red carpet in a plunging three-piece Andrea Grossi season one suit selected by stylist Hodo Musa

'Yup': For his second look, Lil Nas X opted for a seventies-style Richard Quinn AW/21 suit complete with bell bottoms

2021 BET Awards Winners

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

AFTER HOURS - THE WEEKND

BLAME IT ON BABY - DABABY

GOOD NEWS - MEGAN THEE STALLION

HEAUX TALES - JAZMINE SULLIVAN - WINNER

KING’S DISEASE - NAS

UNGODLY HOUR - CHLOE X HALLE

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION - WAP - WINNER

BEST COLLABORATION

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION - WAP - WINNER

DABABY FT. RODDY RICCH - ROCKSTAR

DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE - POPSTAR

JACK HARLOW FT. DABABY, TORY LANEZ & LIL WAYNE - WHATS POPPIN (REMIX)

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. DABABY - CRY BABY

POP SMOKE FT. LIL BABY & DABABY - FOR THE NIGHT

BEST FEMALE R&B / POP ARTIST

BEYONCÉ

H.E.R. - WINNER

JAZMINE SULLIVAN

JHENÉ AIKO

SUMMER WALKER

SZA

BEST MALE R&B / POP ARTIST

6LACK

ANDERSON .PAAK

CHRIS BROWN - WINNER

GIVEON

TANK

THE WEEKND

BEST NEW ARTIST

COI LERAY

FLO MILLI

GIVEON - WINNER

JACK HARLOW

LATTO

POOH SHIESTY 

BEST GROUP

21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN

CHLOE X HALLE

CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG

CITY GIRLS

MIGOS

SILK SONIC - WINNER

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST

CARDI B

COI LERAY

DOJA CAT

MEGAN THEE STALLION - WINNER

LATTO

SAWEETIE

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST

DABABY

DRAKE

J. COLE

JACK HARLOW

LIL BABY - WINNER

POP SMOKE 

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

BEBE WINANS - IN JESUS NAME

CECE WINANS - NEVER LOST

H.E.R. - HOLD US TOGETHER

KIRK FRANKLIN - STRONG GOD - WINNER

MARVIN SAPP - THANK YOU FOR IT ALL

TAMELA MANN – TOUCH FROM YOU

BET HER AWARD

ALICIA KEYS FT. KHALID - SO DONE

BRANDY FT. CHANCE THE RAPPER - BABY MAMA

BRI STEVES - ANTI QUEEN

CHLOE X HALLE - BABY GIRL

CIARA FT. ESTER DEAN - ROOTED

SZA - GOOD DAYS - WINNER

BURNA BOY (NIGERIA) - WINNER

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

AYA NAKAMURA (FRANCE)

BURNA BOY (NIGERIA) - WINNER

DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TANZANIA)

EMICIDA (BRAZIL)

HEADIE ONE (UK)

WIZKID (NIGERIA)

YOUNG T & BUGSEY (UK)

YOUSSOUPHA (FRANCE) 

VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION - WAP

CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG - GO CRAZY

DABABY FT. RODDY RICCH - ROCKSTAR

DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE - POPSTAR

DRAKE FT. LIL DURK - LAUGH NOW CRY LATER

LIL BABY - THE BIGGER PICTURE

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. BEYONCÉ - SAVAGE (REMIX) - WINNER

SILK SONIC - LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION - WAP - WINNER

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

CARDI B - UP

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION - WAP - WINNER

CHLOE X HALLE - DO IT

CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG - GO CRAZY

DRAKE FT. LIL DURK - LAUGH NOW CRY LATER

SILK SONIC - LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

BENNY BOOM

BRUNO MARS AND FLORENT DÉCHARD - WINNER

COLE BENNETT

COLIN TILLEY

DAVE MEYERS

HYPE WILLIAMS

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH - WINNER

BEST MOVIE

COMING 2 AMERICA

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH - WINNER

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

SOUL

THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY

BEST ACTRESS

ANDRA DAY - WINNER

ANGELA BASSETT

ISSA RAE

JURNEE SMOLLETT

VIOLA DAVIS

ZENDAYA

BEST ACTOR

ALDIS HODGE

CHADWICK BOSEMAN - WINNER

DAMSON IDRIS

DANIEL KALUUYA

EDDIE MURPHY

LAKEITH STANFIELD

YOUNGSTARS AWARD

ALEX R. HIBBERT

ETHAN HUTCHISON

LONNIE CHAVIS

MARSAI MARTIN - WINNER

MICHAEL EPPS

STORM REID

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

A'JA WILSON

CANDACE PARKER

CLARESSA SHIELDS

NAOMI OSAKA - WINNER

SERENA WILLIAMS

SKYLAR DIGGINS-SMITH

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

KYRIE IRVING

LEBRON JAMES  - WINNER

PATRICK MAHOMES

RUSSELL WESTBROOK

RUSSELL WILSON

STEPHEN CURRY