Chart-topping rapper Lil Nas X and more stars are set to hit the stage at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.
August 19, 2021 Will LNX ignite more controversy with his set at this years VMAs? Chart-topping rapper Lil Nas X will hit the stage at another live industry ceremony next month. The 22-year-old entertainer was announced as one of the performers for this years MTV Video Music Awards at Brooklyns Barclays Center. Lil Nas X made headlines and caused controversy following the BET Awards in June That performance included the Montero (Call Me by Your Name) rhymer kissing one of his male backup dancers which triggered some viewers. The Source magazine co-founder Benzino was one of the most outspoken critics of Lil Nas Xs set at the BET Awards. He wrote, at the time That s### BET pulled yesterday was lame . It was too uncomfortable, too irresponsible, too forced, and too irrelevant to the awards. Homie aint even hot like that for music anymore anyway. Lil Nas X was also a target of T.I.and Boosie Badazz Both rappers took issue with LNX being allowed to express his sexual attraction to men on television while DaBaby faced backlash for homophobic commentshe made at the Rolling Loud Miami festival. This will not be the first time Lil Nas X will be part of a VMAs lineup. The Georgia native ran through the 7 EP track Panini at the 2019 Video Music Awards. His Old Town Road (Remix) featuring Billy Ray Cyrus won Song of the Year and Best Direction in 2019. The 2021 edition of the MTV Video Music Awards is scheduled to air on Sunday, September 12 at 8 pm ET. Machine Gun Kelly, Lorde, Camila Cabello, and Olivia Rodrigo will also perform at the show. Other artists will be revealed at a later date. Pop superstar Justin Bieber leads this years list of nominees (7). Hip Hop standout Megan Thee Stallion earned the second-most nominations (6). Lil Nas X is among several acts, including Drake and Doja Cat, to pick up five VMA nods. Montero (Call Me By Your Name) is competing for Video Of The Year, Video For Good, Best Direction, Best Art Direction, and Best Visuals Effects. The other VOTY nominees are Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallions WAP, DJ Khaled & Drakes Popstar, Doja Cat & SZAs Kiss Me More, Ed Sheerans Bad Habits, and The Weeknds Save Your Tears.