AceShowbiz - Lil Nas X has a blast throughout 2021. In addition to successful album, the "Montero" artist was honored with the Innovator of the Year Award at Variety's Hitmakers Brunch in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 4.
Friend and fellow musician Chloe Bailey, who presented him the award, gushed over the rapper. In a moving tribute, she described the 22-year-old award-winning musician as a "once in a generation" artist who has changed "the world for the better."
Meanwhile, during his acceptance speech, Nas X joked that he could not care less about people who feel offended by his music. "It's been like a pretty crazy year," the Grammy-winning spitter said. "It's been a pretty fun year. I had a lot of fun pissing people off. I'm kidding."
The "Old Town Road" hitmaker later got serious as he reflected, "This year took a lot of mental strength for me just to even continue to keep pushing after my debut reached such a high place so, so quickly, and it's very scary to try to follow up and keep it going."
The rapper, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, continued, "But I came out. I was myself. I did what I needed to do. I put effort into every single part of my career. And I'm super thankful for this award."
The day marked 3rd year anniversary of his and Billy Ray Cyrus' mega hit "Old Town Road". Taking to his Instagram account to share a slew of photos, Nas X wrote in the caption,"old town road turns 3 years old today. everybody give it up for old town road."
Nas X had been making headlines throughout this year. In addition to his controversial music video for "MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name)", the musician became the talk of the town for his feud with fellow rapper Boosie Badazz (Lil Boosie), his makeout season with a backup dancer during BET Awards performance as well as his controversial "Satan" shoes.
Despite his endless criticism toward Nas X, Boosie claimed that he doesn't "hate" the young rapper and admitted that he still listens to his songs. "Man, I ain't got nothing against that dude to where I hear his music and go run and turn it off. Man, y'all people lost, man. I don't hate that dude," so he said of the "Industry Baby" spitter.
"Like, bruh. Y'all people lost, bruh," the "Wipe Me Down" spitter added. "I just put people in they place when they out of line, bruh. I don't hate dude, bruh."