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After initially having all eyes on him when he wore a blue and white dress on the red carpet, the artist then used his performance to pay respects to Michael Jackson‘s “Remember The Time” music video during the Egyptian-themed performance which saw him ascend to the throne. At the end of the son, he kissed one of his male backup dancers.

“Y’all hate yourselves so much. Y’all live your lives trying your best to appease straight ppl,” the 22-year-old responded to a since-deleted tweet. “Y’all are uncomfortable with what i do because y’all are afraid they will be uncomfortable with you.Work on yourselves, i love who i am and whatever i decide to do. get there.”

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“You’re so insecure about your sexuality you’re over compensating for it every chance you get. Gay people who know themselves don’t constantly have to remind everyone that they are gay,” one user told the “Old Town Road” singer. “You’re right i am insecure about my sexuality. i still have a long way to go. i’ve never denied that. When you’re conditioned by society to hate yourself your entire life it takes a lot of unlearning. Which is exactly why i do what i do,” he responded.

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“that’s not my problem, stop letting ur kids watch the bet awards n***a put on cocomelon,” he hit back at concerns about children seeing the performance.

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Fans then offered their support and reassurance to the artist.

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“you are a fantastic human being and normalizing being openly, visibly LGBTQ now helps so many now and in the future. people are resistant to change and to our culture accepting things that oppressive religions tell them not to. that’s why they’re so loud. these types of people,” one gushed.

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“Awww babe well you couldn’t tell one bit. You are an ICON,” another said.

“dont listen to them, even despite you having a hard time you still did such an amazing performance and i loved every bit of it. you are such an amazing person and i love you!! continue to be you!!” a third fan wrote.

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“if you don’t push yourself outside of your comfort zone you will never grow,” he responded to a fan who asked why he made himself do the performance if he was so nervous.

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“I can’t give you much, but it’s going to be the best one. No offense to all the other performers. Yeah. I mean it though, I mean it,” Lil Nas X told Entertainment Tonight ahead of his performance.



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