Watch Lil Nas X rip his pants performing “Montero” on ‘SNL’

He also performed “Sun Goes Down” and appeared in a sketch about Pride Month.

Lil Nas X gave dramatic performances of two singles on the May 22 episode of Saturday Night Live: “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Sun Goes Down.”

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.

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“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.

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.

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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:

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