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After Sunday night’s spicy performance at the BET Awards, Lil Nas X is taking inspiration from superheroes for his upcoming summer album.
The Grammy-winning musician, 22, let fans know that his debut album “Montero” would be “coming soon.” Tuesday’s announcement came with a short video teaser using Marvel’s emblematic intro sequence, featuring shots of himself from various music videos in place of the usual comic book drawings, including a shot where he spins down a pole in superhero-like fashion.
The rapper and singer, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, surprised BET Award audiences Sunday by ending the hit song “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” with a passionate kiss with one of his male backup dancers. The performance got a standing ovation from the crowd, but apparently, some at home were not as thrilled. Following the show, Nas X, who is openly gay, took to Twitter to address the homophobic backlash he regularly receives for showing his queer persona in his music.
“We are 4 months in and people are still acting surprised that I am being gay and sexual in performances of a song about gay and sexual s–t,” he tweeted Monday.
“It took me a lot of time to mentally prepare for this performance,” he said to his supporters. “While on stage I was trembling knowing that I was performing something like that in front of my straight peers. Even during the performance, I was having a hard time calming my nerves. Thank you guys for the love.”
Lil Nas X made history in 2019 as the first LGBT black musician to win an award from the Country Music Association for his first smash hit single, “Old Town Road.” Within the past year, three new singles expected to appear on “Montero” have all been chart-toppers. The songs explore his feelings about relationships, his bout with depression and his struggles with his sexuality.
While there isn’t an exact release date, the highly anticipated album is expected to drop before the end of the summer.
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