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Lil Nas X Transforms Crystal Crop Top Into Military Suit for Grammys 2022 Performance

Lil Nas X continued his outfit-changing streak with three ensembles to perform in Las Vegas at the 2022 Grammy Awards. Similarly to his 2021 Met Gala ensemble, the rapper’s Balmain looks were all part of a singular theme, transforming from conservative to head-to-toe glamour.

Near the start of his performance, the “That’s What I Want” musician hit the stage to perform his song “Dead Right Now,” wearing a glittering black robe covered in Balmain’s geometric house logos. Completing the ensemble were matching crystal-covered trousers and a pair of black patent loafers.

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Lil Nas X performs “Dead Right Now” at the 64th annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, 2022.
CREDIT: Christopher Polk for Variety

While transitioning to sing “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” the musician’s robe was removed to reveal a sheer one-sleeved crop top covered in ornate crystals. His setup also transformed, complete with flashing lights and critical audio clips from backlash he received for its’ controversial music video — as well as his viral MSCHF “Satan Shoes.”

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Lil Nas X performs “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” at the 64th annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, 2022.
CREDIT: Christopher Polk for Variety

Lil Nas X’s performance concluded with one final Balmain outfit, paying homage to none other than Michael Jackson. The star zipped into a black military jacket covered in crystals to match his trousers, as well as swirling embroidery — similar to Jackson’s own iconic onstage suits. With an appearance by FN cover star Jack Harlow, the musicians joined forces to perform their song “Industry Baby” to rousing applause.

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Lil Nas X performs “Industry Baby” at the 64th annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, 2022.
CREDIT: Christopher Polk for Variety
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Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow perform “Industry Baby” at the 64th annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, 2022.
CREDIT: Christopher Polk for Variety

However, these weren’t the “Old Town Road” musician’s only glamorous look of the night. While arriving at the Grammy Awards, Lil Nas X posed on the red carpet with Harlow in another custom look designed by Olivier Rousteing: a white jacket and pants embellished with crystals, quilted panels and pearls. Completing his ensemble were matching chunky platforms and delicate diamond earrings.

Jack Harlow and Lil Nas X at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3rd, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jack Harlow and Lil Nas X arrive at the 64th annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, 2022.
CREDIT: Brian Friedman for Variety

The 2022 Grammy Awards aired on CBS, honoring excellence and outstanding achievement in the music industry for the year. Hosted by “The Daily Show’s” Trevor Noah, the show took place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Jon Batiste took home the most awards of the evening — including its top honor, Album of the Year. Olivia Rodrigo also won three awards out of her first seven nominations, notably Best New Artist. Other top winners from the awards included Doja Cat and SZA, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan and Kanye West, among others.

Discover the best-dressed stars at the Grammy Awards 2022 in the gallery.

 

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