The musician, who turned up in a striking gown, reappeared in an eye-catching floral suit then changed into an all-gold outfit for a live rendition of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).”
The first outfit, by designer Andrea Grossi, featured an outsize structured skirt, corset and jacket, which the singer paired with a pair of white suspenders. The blue and white toile-inspired dress was covered in illustrations alluding to war and religion.
Another angle of Lil Nas X’s dress by designer Andrea Grossi. Credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images
Lil Nas X recently explored themes of religion and sexuality in the controversial music video for “Montero,” which saw him sliding down a pole to hell where he danced provocatively with the devil.
Lil Nas X wearing a Richard Quinn floral embroidered suit to the 2021 BET Awards. Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
But Lil Nas X wasn’t done yet. Shortly after first appearing on the red carpet, he underwent a costume change and quickly returned in an embroidered suit by Richard Quinn.
Featuring ’70s-style flared trousers and a pink floral pattern interwoven with crystals and beads, the intricate outfit was part of the British designer’s Fall-Winter 2021 collection.
Elsewhere on the red carpet, actress Zendaya arrived in a vintage Versace dress featuring a plunging neckline, thigh slit and purple midriff strap
Zendaya wearing a 2003 Versace dress as she poses with rapper Lil Kim at the BET Awards. Credit: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images
Posting a video of the star to Instagram, stylist Law Roach said the outfit was an “homage to the Queen Beyoncé,” who wore a shorter version of the dress to perform at the 2003 BET Awards.
Megan Thee Stallion, who won the award for best female hip hop artist, chose a white gown by Jean Paul Gaultier for the red carpet. The outfit incorporated Gaultier’s signature cone bra design alongside sparkling hip chains, which connected the sides of the dress.
Megan Thee Stallion wearing Jean Paul Gaultier on the BET Awards red carpet. Credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images
Rapper Tyler the Creator meanwhile arrived carrying two suitcases and wearing a leopard print sweater vest, fuzzy pink hat and shorts.
Tyler the Creator at the BET Awards. Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
He completed the look with apparently self-referential accessories, including a pendant of a man carrying two suitcases.