At Sunday night’s BET Awards (June 27), Lil Nas X once again made headlines for living his truth. Dressed as an Egyptian pharaoh and paying tribute to Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” music video, the rapper powered through his single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” before turning to a backup dancer on his left and making out with him in from of a televised audience.
When Adam Lambert saw the performance, the pop singer tells Billboard that he was struck with a sense of awe over the rapper’s confidence. “I thought it was hot,” he says with a laugh. “I mean, he’s really giving it to us. I think he is definitely like the gay pop star that is 2021 — he’s bold, he’s controversial, he’s pushing boundaries. That’s what we want our pop stars to do. It’s just taken this long to have it be a gay one.”