Lil Nas X tore the Grammys stage down with his star-studded performance of “Old Town Road.”
He opened his show sitting on a couch playing his guitar, while a Kobe Bryant jersey sat in a chair next to him. Bryant was pronounced dead, from a helicopter crash, just a few hours before the Grammys began.
Billy Ray Cyrus, Nas, BTS, Diplo, and Walmart yodeler Mason Ramsey joined Lil Nas X on stage as he performed different versions of the No. 1 hit single.
Nas X was nominated for a total of seven Grammy awards tonight (Jan. 26). So far, Nas X has won two Grammy awards. He won awards for Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Both awards were for his “Old Town Road (Remix).”
“Old Town Road” became the fastest song in history to to be certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America. The viral remix has sold 10 million units in only six months time.
Back in July, the remix broke the record for the longest time spent at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, sitting comfortably at No. 1 for 19 weeks in a row. The remix beat out Mariah Carey’s previously held record at 17 weeks, with her 1995 collaboration with Boyz II Men, “One Sweet Day.”
Past records achieving the diamond status include Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” “Baby” by Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and “Poker Face.”
Lil Nas X expressed on Twitter how much his life has changed within a matter of a year. “Wow man last year i was sleeping on my sisters floor, had no money, struggling to get plays on my music, suffering from daily headaches, now i’m gay,” he wrote.
Congratulations to Lil Nas X on his Grammy wins tonight! Check out his performance below.