Lil Nas X’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Performance Was Devilishly Good


    Lil Nas X’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Performance Was Devilishly Good

    Following the runaway success of his 2019 breakout hit “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X hasn’t just established himself as one of the most thrilling new voices in music, but a bona fide style star too. There were the Stetsons and double denim of his early videos, yes, but it was his more flamboyant riffs on this signature look that marked him out as a bona fide fashion king. (After all, who can forget the hot pink Versace cowboy outfit—complete with a bondage-inspired chest harness, obviously—that he wore to last year’s Grammys?)

    Yet even after proving he could rock even the boldest of looks with ease, Lil Nas X has still kept a few more sartorial tricks up his sleeve. With the release of the first single from his upcoming debut album, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” in March and its unforgettably theatrical video, the rapper and singer pulled back the curtain on his most outré transformations yet, variously appearing as a serpent from the Garden of Eden, Michelangelo’s Adam, and a pole-dancing fallen angel giving Satan a lapdance in the depths of hell. 

    So when Lil Nas X was announced as this week’s musical guest on Saturday Night Live, his style choices were awaited with bated breath—and thankfully, he didn’t disappoint. Introduced to the stage by guest host Anya Taylor-Joy, the musician performed both “Montero” and his latest track “Sun Goes Down” wearing looks that nodded to the subversive twist on iconic religious imagery that has defined this era so far, from the sacred to the profane. 

    Published at Sun, 23 May 2021 15:27:42 +0000