The SNL performance was the first time the 22-year-old has performed the track live and stole the SNL season finale.
He donned a pair of leather pants and did not shy away from getting up close and personal with shirtless dancers and had one of them lick him. However, his face lit up in surprise when his pants ripped when he moved to dance on a pole, but Lil Nas X managed to cover the tear and finish the song like a pro.
"NOT MY PANTS RIPPED ON LIVE ON TV. OMFG NO," he tweeted minutes after the show stopper.
"I know i do a lot of planned s**t but ripping my pants on live television is not one of them," he clarified. Although he finished the performance, he noted that the ripped pants stopped him from doing the full "pole routine" as planned.
Lil Nas X, who was born Montero Lamar Hill, laughed off the incident on TikTok afterwards when he shared his reaction to the clip.
The ripped pants was not the only hiccup for the "Old Town Road" singer.
"At first I was afraid to even perform," he explained on Twitter. "Then we rehearsed for two weeks, then all of the dancers got removed because one had COVID and new ones had to learn the routine in 24 hours, and then I ended up ripping my pants and couldn’t finish. Everything happens for a reason tho lol."
Fans still went wild in the comments. "Pants ripping = A nightmare for anyone who has ever been on a stage, but he kept moving through it like a pro!" one fan noted.
"His face when he ripped his pants was honestly precious lmao and then he went on to finish just as fierce as he started !!! this man is winning the game. im so happy he made it to the top," another fan gushed.
"This dude is insane in the best way possible. His voice is incredible. His stage presence is undeniable. I feel like we are all watching this kid pave the way for future generations of artists to not only be open about who they are but also insanely proud of who they are," a third fan said.
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After Adam Lambert's own performances in the past had been criticized for being "sexually-charged," the "For Your Entertainment" singer was rooting for Lil Nas X. "I feel like he took ten years for this to happen! Bravo!!!" he gushed on his Instagram Story.
"Ripped My Pants"
Many fans drew a comparison to a Spongebob Squarepants episode about a similar dilemma.
"Once in a generation"
One user dubbed Lil Nas X as the "once in a generation" pop star that "comes along to get people really f**king angry and to push things forward with their excellence and lack of s**ts given."