Lil Nas X Includes Video Footage of His 'Montero' Detractors in 2022 Grammys Performance

The rapper performed a medley of hits off of his latest album, 2021's Montero, during the awards show on Sunday night

Lil Nas X hasn't forgotten his haters — even as he's breezing right past them.

During the 64th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night in Las Vegas, the singer-rapper, 22, performed a medley of hits off of his latest album, 2021's Montero.

After performing "Dead Right Now" in a sparkling black cape-like outfit, Lil Nas X moved backstage while a video montage played for viewers highlighting the controversy surrounding the music video for his much-talked-about single "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)."

Along with tweets and news articles flashing onscreen from those who criticized the song and video, voices of various newscasters could also be heard panning "Montero" for its risqué religious and sexual themes.

Lil Nas X then reappeared on stage in a diamond-encrusted shirt, which exposed his stomach and left one arm bare.

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There, he sang the previously alluded title track before he transitioned to perform his song "Industry Baby," featuring a cameo by fellow rapper Jack Harlow in a different outfit.

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Lil Nas X scored five Grammy nominations at this year's ceremony, including album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, best melodic rap performance and best music video.

The artist previously announced his debut album, Montero, with an over-the-top pregnancy photoshoot for PEOPLE in September.

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"I was like, 'Oh my God, this is amazing,' so I immediately called my stylist," he said at the time of listening to Megan Thee Stallion's verse on his song "Dolla Sign Slime." "She was like, 'Wow, this all comes together. Your album. Your baby.' I was like, 'Yeah, this is my baby, huh?' As a joke, she was like, 'Yeah, you should do a pregnancy shoot.' "

When the album was finally released, Lil Nas X staged a delivery video that featured him "giving birth" to his album.

The 64th annual Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, are airing and streaming live on Sunday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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