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Lil Nas X, center, kisses a dancer at the conclusion of his performance at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Chile. Chile. Chile. Did you see Lil Nas X kiss another man on the stage at the BET Awards? Honey, Bishop Eddie Long almost popped out his coffin.

Ol’ boy literally had all the church mothers and aunties clutching their pearls on every pew.

For some, what was controversial or taboo was a courageous display of same-gender-love (LGBTQ+) on full public display in a Black space. 

Nas closed Pride month 2021 amid a sea of exceptional dancers, performing his hit song “Montero (Call Me by Your Name),” which debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100 in the number one spot.  

Not only did Nas give an electrifying performance, but the young Pop/Hip-Hop/R&B sensation paid tribute to the late King of Pop. Amid the dance break, Nas performed a remix of Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time,” sending every OG to their feet and snapping their fingers. 

Instead of entertaining the crowd with a demonic theme, the source of controversy in the “Montero” music video — you know, the one where he gives Satan a lap dance?– , Nas went with an Egyptian motif.

Perhaps staying consistent with the demonic theme, coupled with the kiss would have been too much for some to bear. 

From the beginning of the evening to the end of the night, Nas stunted on every hater near and far. The 22-year-old turned grammy winner strutted in front of the cameras wearing Andrea Grossi. He unapologetically arrived on the red carpet defying stereotypes about what is masculine and feminine fashion.  

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Lil Nas X arrives at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Then, he danced his hot, chiseled chocolatey self around that stage and appeased millions with his honey tenor vocals. 

Nas ain’t so lil anymore. He is grown, entirely out of the closet, and fully confident — giving strength to many Black boys who have been suppressed from fully being themselves. 

This BET performance was historic and epic AF. 

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