MTV VMAs 2021: Lil Nas X fans herald rapper’s ‘instantly iconic’ awards ceremony speech and performance

By Louis Chilton
Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS

Lil Nas X sent fans wild with a spectacular appearance at last night’s (12 September) MTV Video Music Awards ceremony.

The “Old Town Road” rapper gave a live performance his track “Industry Baby” with Jack Harlow and a full marching band, also picking up three awards on the night, including Video of the Year.

In his acceptance speech for the night’s biggest prize, Nas said: “First, I want to say thank you to the gay agenda! Let’s go, gay agenda!”

Fans reacted enthusiastically to the moment, and to the artist’s bombastic rendition of “Industry Baby”.

“Lil Nas X is the future. What an absolutely iconic performance,” wrote one fan.”

“‘Thank you to the gay agenda’ 10/10 instantly iconic, A+++++,” wrote another.

A third Twitter user wrote: “Lil Nas X thanking the gay agenda in his acceptance speech i love him! #VMAs.”

As well as Video of the Year, Nas also won the trophies for Best Direction and Best Visual Effects, all for the video accompanying his hit single “Montero”.

You can read a full list of the winners from this year’s VMAs here.

What is inkl?

Important stories

See news based on value, not advertising potential. Get the latest news from around the world.

Trusted newsrooms

We bring you reliable news from the world’s most experienced journalists in the most trusted newsrooms.

Ad-free reading

Read without interruptions, distractions or intrusions of privacy.