The Pants Incident on Lil Nas X’s “SNL” Wasn’t the Only Scandal of the Night


The Pants Incident on Lil Nas X’s “SNL” Wasn’t the Only Scandal of the Night

Lil Nas X, a rapper, performed on Saturday Night Live in a show that will be remembered for a long time. Despite the positive feedback, the “Sun Goes Down” singer had a costume malfunction. Find out what happened on the SNL stage, as well as the other challenges he faced that night.

For the first time, Lil Nas X performed on Saturday Night Live.

Thank you, SNL, for giving me the best night of my life!! I adore you! DBwGMe3MpU (

May 23, 2021 — nope (@LilNasX)

The Season 46 finale of Saturday Night Live aired on May 22, 2021. It featured some potential goodbyes from long-time cast members including Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, and others, and was hosted by Anya Taylor-Joy. There was also a musical guest, of course.

Lil Nas X became a household name after his 2019 breakthrough with his hit song “Old Town Road” (specifically, the remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus). He’s appeared on a number of prominent stages, but in May 2021, he fulfilled a lifelong ambition by appearing as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live, calling it “my favorite night of my career.”

During his performance of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” his pants split open.

May 23, 2021 — nope (@LilNasX)

The rapper and singer performed two songs on the SNL stage. The first was his chart-topping single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” which debuted in March 2021. Its music video evoked controversy for its sexual nature and representations of hell, all while becoming an international hit.

Lil Nas X took the SNL stage with his backup dancers in tight leather pants, singing and dancing as it played. He then made his way to a platform to dance on a pole, as he does in the music video.

However, after just a couple of moves, he seemingly ripped his pants at the crotch. The artist made a surprised face and kept a hand over the area for the rest of the performance.

Lil Nas X says ‘everything happens for a reason’


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