Lil Nas X’s night at the VMAs was a huge success. But musicians are still humble and focused on uplifting women and praising the people who inspire them.
The artist, whose first full-length album arrives today, Friday, Sept. 17, spoke with Zane Lowe of Apple Music about her latest work and the women who inspired her. Here’s what he had to say.
Lil Nas X wins big at the 2021 MTV VMAs
Lil Nas X’s night at the VMAs on Sunday, September 12 was eventful. The singer performed live on stage, singing two of his songs “Industry Baby” and “Montero”.
She took home the Three Moon Person trophies, tying with Olivia Rodrigo for the biggest winner of the night. Lil Nas X won the VMAs for Video of the Year, Best Direction, and Best Visual Effects (Call Me By Your Name) for Montero.
Not bad for a 22-year-old artist who, until after the awards show, had yet to release a full-length album.
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“You’re getting a lot of stories about me,” he said. “You are getting so many stories about my past and where I want to be in my love life. But they are also a bop. I feel like I finally found a good balance in my music between being as real as possible and making a hit song. “
She says Miley Cyrus is ‘the cutest person ever’
Lil Nas X shows his humility and gratitude by hypnotizing the other artists who inspire his work. He was especially impressive when praising Miley Cyrus. Lil Nas X collaborated with Miley’s father Billy Ray Cyrus on a remix of “Old Town Road”, her first hit single that effectively launched her music career.
“Miley is the sweetest person ever and I think she’s one of those people who doesn’t even realize how influential and how much of a legend they are,” Nas told Lowe. “And what they’ve done and what they’re doing now, even today. And I really admire them and their ability to constantly transform themselves.”
Lil Nas X said he deeply respects 28-year-old Cyrus for who she really is, despite being a celebrity on Disney and the daughter of a former child star. “It’s very hard to do,” he explained sympathetically. It’s just one more thing we can connect with, probably never talked about it, but yeah, I think so. “
Miley Cyrus is featured on the final track of her new album in a song titled “Am I Dreaming”.
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Doja, 25, is another star featured on Kat Nas’ new album. She appears on the album’s sixth track, “Scoop”.
Lil Nas X said of the singer, “He’s one of my biggest inspirations right now. It starts with seeing him at the VMAs for the first time last year, making him look like a star out there.”
“It really got me going to the gym,” Nas said, referring to Doja Cat’s performance of her song “Say So” at the 2020 VMAs, where she won Best New Artist. “Because I was like, ‘I want to get in shape because I want to start performing crazy, better.’
“And I just want to be in shape in general. And just her music, she’s diverse, her videos and her personality is really colorful and pop,” he said. He is a funny person. She takes things seriously but doesn’t take things too seriously. You know what I mean? She takes seriously what she does.
“You could say she puts a lot of effort into everything she does, but she’s not going to turn around, ‘I’m the best. I’m the queen of everything.’ And rightfully so, she could have said that.”