Lil Nas X announces his debut album after incredible BET Awards performance…

Virgin Radio

30 Jun 2021, 11:55

Rapper Lil Nas X is rapidly becoming one of the defining LGBTQ+ icons of his generation, and, perhaps, of all-time…

Not only did he steal the show at the BET Awards, but he’s also just announced the release of his debut album with a Marvel-inspired video.

The album, which does not yet have a release date, shares a title not only with the rapper’s real name, but also the name of the track he performed at the BETs on Sunday evening (27th June).

His Egyptian-inspired performance, however, gained criticism from some after the rapper kissed a male dancer towards the end.

In typical Lil Nas X style, though, the star hit back at homophobic comments online, suggesting that those who criticised the kiss ‘hate yourselves so much’:

Many have compared the performance to one by Adam Lambert at the 2009 American Music Awards, which also ended with a same-sex kiss.

The American Idol star also faced backlash for his performance, with an appearance on cancelled and the kiss censored on various news channels.

Speaking to about Lil Nas X’s performance, Lambert expressed his pride, saying: ‘What I love right now with Lil Nas is we need him to be outspoken about it. He is in a position where that works for him, and he's using it.'

Another LGBTQ+ icon, Madonna, has also spoken about the kiss, and faced criticism from some after she posted a picture of Lil Nas X’s performance on Instagram alongside her own same-sex kiss with Britney at the VMAs in 2003, along with the caption #DidItFirst…

Whilst some criticised the singer for refferring to herself in the debate about Lil Nas X's kiss when she is heterosexual, others highlighted the importance of the Madonna-Britney kiss in history, and her status as a long-time LGBTQ+ ally. 

Despite the criticism, Lil Nas X doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon...

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