Entertainment Music 'SNL' : Lil Nas X Rips His Pants While Performing 'Montero' During Debut "I'm going to go out there and just murder it," Lil Nas X previously told PEOPLE ahead of his SNL debut on the season 46 finale By Glenn Garner Glenn Garner Instagram Twitter Glenn Garner is a Writer/Reporter who works heavily with PEOPLE's Movies and TV verticals. Since graduating from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in journalism and photography, he got his professional start at OUT Magazine, The Advocate and Teen Vogue, and he's since consistently kept his finger on the pulse of the LGBTQ community. His first book The Guncle Guide was released in 2020 and was featured on Katie Couric's list of 100 recommended books of the year. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 23, 2021 12:49 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Lil Nas X had a memorable moment on Saturday Night Live. The two-time Grammy Award winner, 22, gave fans the first live performances of "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" and his latest single "Sun Goes Down" during his debut this weekend. "Performing Montero & Sun Goes Down on SNL for the first time tonight!" he wrote on Twitter hours before the season 46 finale alongside first-time host Anya Taylor-Joy. For his first song, the star recreated the "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" music video, complete with a stripper pole and similar artistic vision. But while dancing the choreography, he noticeably ripped his pants and covered the torn area with his hand mid-performance. "NOT MY PANTS RIPPED ON LIVE ON TV," he tweeted right after. "OMFG NO." "I wanted to do my pole routine so bad this what I get lmaoo," he joked. Lil Nas X recently spoke to PEOPLE before going on vocal rest ahead of the SNL gig. "I'm going to go out there and just murder it," he said. Lil Nas X Says 'It's Rare' That Online Hate Gets to Him After Coming Out: 'The Love Outweighs the Hate' On Friday, Lil Nas X dropped the single and video for "Sun Goes Down," offering a melancholy tune about the sadness of being a closeted adolescent. "I'd say it's definitely my most vulnerable song," he said. "I definitely tell about some of my upbringing and it's also just a really great song," the "Old Town Road" artist explained. "And the video goes back to my past, to 2017 Lil Nas X in his prime. Like he was at prom, working at Taco Bell, and what he did in his room, praying his sexuality away. Like all these things that I experienced that I wanted to share with my fans." Want to get the biggest stories from PEOPLE every weekday? Subscribe to our new podcast, PEOPLE Every Day, to get the essential celebrity, entertainment and human interest news stories Monday through Friday. Will Heath/NBC The video came after "Montero" spent its fifth week at the top of the Billboard Global 200 singles chart, making it the longest-running No. 1 by a male soloist. Although the biblically-inspired video has received plenty of backlash, many have praised the video for its spot-on visual metaphor for the coming out experience. "I was happy that a lot of people seeing this growing up are going to remember it for the rest of their lives and they're going to feel more confident in themselves," he said.