For the finale of SNL’s 46th season, Lil Nas delivered a steamy rendition of his controversial single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” flanked by shirtless dancers on a hell-themed backdrop.
The rapper then tried to recreate the sensational “Montero” music video and moved to execute a pole dance—only to suffer a wardrobe malfunction as his flame-emblazoned pants ripped apart. Though visibly surprised, Lil Nas proceeded to finish the performance, covering his crotch with his left hand for the song’s final seconds.
“NOT MY PANTS RIPPED ON LIVE ON TV,” Lil Nas tweeted after the episode aired. “i wanted to do my pole routine so bad this what i get lmaoo,” he later added. On Twitter, he also shared how the performance’s rehearsals were affected by COVID-19, with some dancers having only 24 hours to learn the choreography.
at first i was afraid to even perform. then we rehearsed for 2 weeks, then all of the dancers got removed because one had covid and new ones had to learn the routine in 24 hours, and then i ended up ripping my pants and couldn’t finish. everything happens for a reason tho lol🤍
— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) May 23, 2021
The rapper also delivered a more somber performance of his latest single, “Sun Goes Down,” where he donned a white suit full of fake bullet holes.
Later on in the show, Lil Nas also celebrated Pride Month by appearing in a sketch, which featured the brightly dressed rapper excited for summer parades. The rapper then sang an uplifting, Madonna-style song that paid tribute to several LGBTQ icons: “Stonewall was a kiki when they threw the brick, they fought for your right to be this chaotic.”
Watch Lil Nas X take over SNL below.
“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”:
“Sun Goes Down”:
SNL Pride Month sketch: