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Lil Nas X won Video of the Year at the 2021 VMAs for the viral “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” which was met with opposition from religious and conservative critics for its depiction of the singer riding a stripper pole to hell, giving the devil a lap dance, and killing him.
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“I want to say thank you to the gay agenda!” exclaimed the musician as he accepted the Moon Person for the No. 1 hit, a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgment of the fact that he’s the first Black, openly gay man to take home the coveted award.