Lil Nas X Takes on His Very First VMAs in Glam-Cowboy Style

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Lil Nas X has had a whirlwind year so far. His breakout single “Old Town Road” was only released a few months ago, but quickly became a bona fide mega-hit (it was the very first hip-hop song to remain at the top of the Billboard charts for 13 weeks in a row). The 20-year-old rapper swiftly followed his infectious debut with his very first EP and was nominated for an astonishing eight VMAs, of which he picked up two at the ceremony in Newark, New Jersey, this past Monday.

You’re probably already familiar with Nas’s yeehaw-style ways—he clearly loves a cowboy hat and a Nudie Suit—but the VMAs showed off a whole new side of his persona. As his stylist Hodo Musa puts it, Nas goes for pieces that are “electric, playful, colorful, and futuristic.” That sense of futurism came through in his Y2K-esque outfit he sported to perform “Panini,” the second single off his EP. An homage to Prince, the custom sequined Christian Cowan suit he wore on the red carpet revealed yet another aspect of the artist, one that the designer describes as a “diamond fantasy moment.”

Director: Michel Sayegh
DP: John Tashiro
Audio: Timothy Race
B-Cam: Laura Hinman

Filmed at SIR Stage37

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MTV VMAs 2019: Fashion—Live From the Red Carpet

<h1 class="title">Taylor Swift in Christian Louboutin and Lorraine Schwartz</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Taylor Swift in Christian Louboutin and Lorraine Schwartz

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Megan Thee Stallion

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Rosalía in Burberry

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FKA twigs in Sophia Webster

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<h1 class="title">Adriana Lima in Christian Louboutin shoes and Chopard jewelry</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Adriana Lima in Christian Louboutin shoes and Chopard jewelry

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<h1 class="title">Kevin Jonas in David Yurman, Joe Jonas in David Yurman, and Nick Jonas</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Kevin Jonas in David Yurman, Joe Jonas in David Yurman, and Nick Jonas

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<h1 class="title">Gigi Hadid in Tom Ford, Lorraine Schwartz, and EF Collection jewelry</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Gigi Hadid in Tom Ford, Lorraine Schwartz, and EF Collection jewelry

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Camila Cabello in Balmain and Amwaj and Djula jewelry

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Lenny Kravitz

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French Montana

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Halsey in Dundas, Lili Claspe earrings and Jimmy Choo shoes

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<h1 class="title">Shawn Mendes in Dolce & Gabbana, David Yurman and UNOde50 jewelry</h1><cite class="credit">Photo: Getty Images</cite>

Shawn Mendes in Dolce & Gabbana, David Yurman and UNOde50 jewelry

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Char Defrancesco and Marc Jacobs

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DJ Khaled

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Jamila Mustafa

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Tiffany Panhilason

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Sammy Wilk

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Maya Taylor

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Remy Ma

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Hailee Steinfeld

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Lil’ Kim

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Shay Johnson

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Wyclef Jean

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

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