Lil Nas X Says “Be Illustrated” While Chasing Dreams During iHeartRadio Award Acceptance Speech

Lil Nas X left some words for winners on stage at the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards! The artist won the ‘Male Artist of the Year’ award on Tuesday night. During his acceptance speech, he told a story about his rise to fame, which received warm applause. Sometimes in the span of two minutes, Lil Nas X even asks the crowd to stop cheering so he can finish his speech!

‘Male Artist of the Year’ award acceptance speech

Apparently, the rapper recently watched a TikTok video that encouraged viewers to “get delusional”.

At first, he didn’t understand the video. Then he realized how his career path was rooted in “fantasy”.

“I wouldn’t be where I am, in my life and career, if I weren’t delusional. I believe I can drop out and become an international success within a year. What an illusion,” Lil Nas X said in the speech.

He continued the same point by saying, “To believe I could step out of the closet during the peak of my career… to think I could do it is an illusion!”

Amidst some of his sentiments, he asked the crowd to “let’s [him] finished” as they clapped him for a bath.

“I thought I could do a song about a man coveting another man in a world where…” Lil Nas X said before his applause broke off.

After loud cheers, Lil Nas continued his speech. He said, “…in a world where in many places it is still legal to be prosecuted and actually killed for who you are, being gay. It’s an illusion to think that song could be the number one song in the world.”

Stats on stats for Lil Nas X

The artist entered the industry with the hit ‘Old Town Road’. After country singer Billy Ray Cyrus joined the remix version, the song dominated the charts. It spent 19 weeks at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 and charted on the chart for a total of 45 weeks. Lil Nas X also reached number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Industry Baby” starring Jack Harlow.

“I just want to say, in general, you get delusional when you follow your dreams, when you have a vision in your head, you can get delusional,” says X.

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