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Lil Nas X wears an intricate beaded Balmain suit at the Grammys

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

Lil Nas X may have taken a stripper bar to hell in his music video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” but his all-white ensemble for the 2022 Grammys red carpet was a pure angelic look. It’s already becoming one of the most talked about outfits of the night, propelling it to best-dressed lists on the internet.

The rapper and singer is nominated for five awards tonight, including ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’, and he arrived for the occasion dressed in pearls and diamonds.

The custom Balmain suit is quilted, high-necked and embroidered with butterflies, reminiscent of his other dramatic armor-inspired looks from last year’s Met Gala (he changed into three different outfits for this event). Along with the suit, he wore chunky platform shoes and a pop of light blue eyeshadow.

A close up of a butterfly design on Lil Nas X’s Grammys outfit. Credit: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Lil Nas X wears an intricate beaded Balmain suit at the Grammys

The rapper and singer associated his look with big platforms. Credit: Angel Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Before the show, Lil Nas X teased his followers on Twitter with an old photo of him in a printed long-sleeve top and belted bright orange pants, saying he had arrived on the red carpet and “he looks absolutely stunning”.
The 22-year-old artist already has two Grammys under his belt for his song “Old Town Road,” and tonight he hopes to add more for his much-talked-about debut album. Before the ceremony, he joked on Twitter, saying, “If I don’t leave with the Grammys tomorrow, I will officially submit my resignation letter to the Illuminati.”
Lil Nas X wears an intricate beaded Balmain suit at the Grammys

Lil Nas X in Balmain. Credit: David Fisher/Shutterstock

During the awards show, Lil Nas X took the stage to perform a medley of songs including one with Jack Harlow, turning into several daring looks. He wore a one-sleeved, gem-encrusted crop top, which the writer Meecham Whitson Meriweather called her “Dangerously in Love album cover moment”, in reference to Beyoncé’s 2003 album cover.
Lil Nas X wears an intricate beaded Balmain suit at the Grammys

Lil Nas X then performed on stage at the awards show. Credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

But he also appeared to pay homage to Michael Jackson in another outfit that resembled the late pop star’s signature style, with a suit jacket adorned with silver shoulder pads and elaborate detailing.

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