Lil Nas X is the biggest new artist of 2019, with his unlikely catapult to the top of the charts with his country rap hit “Old Town Road.’ And viewers of the 2019 BET Awards were welcome to witness another moment in the young star’s fledgling career as he performed with country legend Billy Ray Cyrus.
The two artists wore cowboy hats while riding horses to the entrance of the BET Awards stage – Lil Nas X rocking a bright, yellow and black leather outfit with his bare chest showing underneath, and Cyrus with a more turned down outfit, guitar in hand. With the stage set up as a makeshift saloon with cowgirls performing a dance number behind them, the duo performed their hit.
“Old Town Road” has been the biggest hit of 2019, perching atop the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 11 weeks and breaking streaming records in the process. Lil Nas X also released his debut project, 7, on Friday, June 21.