This superstar in the making became an established singer in under a year after releasing his “Old Town Road” song.
But how did he become so famous in such a small amount of time?
Here are 30 fast facts about Lil Nas X that you should know.
Lil Nas X’s real name is Montero Lamar Hill. Hill’s stage Name “Lil Nas X” was a tribute to rapper “Nas”.
Lil Nas X is 21 years old. He was born on April 9, 1999 in Lithia Springs, Georgia.
He was born an Aries which is true to his talent, humor, and honesty.
His father is Robert Stafford, and his mother’s name is Tamikia Hill. They divorced when he was 6 years old. His father then married Mia Stafford, who has been a second mom for Lil Nas.
He has two brothers, Lamarco & Tramon Hill, as well as 3 half-brothers, Robert Sleepy, Jamal Newsome, Labrock Anderson. Also, he has two older half-sisters: Bianca & Shaquisha Hill.
In fourth grade, Lil Nas X started to learn trumpet and became the first chair in junior high.
Lil Nas X attended the University of West Georgia for one year before he dropped out to create music whilst working at Zaxby’s and Six Flags Over Georgia Theme Park.
On December 3, 2018, Lil Nas went viral on TikTok with his country rap song titled “Old Town Road”.
Lil Nas X promoted his self-produced song as a meme and created the “YeeHaw Challenge”.
Old Town Road became the first hip hop song to sit at number one in the charts for 13 consecutive weeks.
Lil Nas X became the record holder for having a song remain at number one for 15 weeks as an openly gay artist, beating Elton John’s hit “Candle in the wind”.
He was the first artist to have a song remain at number one on the Billboard 100 list for 19 weeks.
Old Town Road was the first song to ever sell more than 10 million copies whilst in the number one spot.
On a global scale, Old Town Road was the fifth most-streamed song of 2019.
Billboard removed the song from its Hot Country Song’s chart due to its lack of embracing enough elements of country music. As a result, Billy Ray Cyrus created a remix of Old Town Road with Lil Nas X after recognizing its country vibe.
In 2019, on the last day of Pride Month in the USA, Lil Nas X came out publicly as being gay by asking his followers to listen carefully to his latest single “c7osure”.
He became the first openly gay black male to receive a Country Music Association Award.
On May 29, 2019, Lil Nas X adopted two Bernese mountain dogs which he called “seven” and “nine”.
Lil Nas X was named as one of the top 25 most influential people on the internet by Time Magazine in July 2019.
Lil Nas X became the first person of color to feature on Forbes Country’s Top Earners List in 2019.
In 2019, Lil Nas X started a collaborative line with Wrangler, putting a spin on their classic styles with a modern cowboy twist.
In January 2020, Lil Nas X won two Grammy awards; Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo Performance with Billy Ray Cyrus.
At the 2020 Grammy awards, Lil Nas X wore a fuchsia-colored custom-made Versace suit which took 700 hours to construct.
In July 2020, Lil Nas X featured in the trailer advertisement for Rihanna’s new skincare line as part of her company “Fenty Beauty”.
On November 14, 2020, Roblox held a virtual concert to promote Lil Nas X’s new song titled “Holiday”, where the users could purchase limited-edition swag for their avatars whilst listening to the new track.
Lil Nas X made it onto Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 list in 2020.
Lil Nas X is 6 feet 1 inch (186 cm) in height.
On January 5, 2021, Lil Nas released a children’s book called C is for Country. It ranked at number 8 for children’s books worldwide on this day.
As of 2021, he has no tattoos on his body.
Lil Nas X has created a career for himself using the power of social media and the internet.
After being a tweet decker and understanding algorithms and the use of memes, he was able to turn his music into a viral phenomenon.
He has broken records as being the first openly gay black male artist to enter the country music scene.
Lil Nas X is an incredible role model for promoting progression and acceptance across the musical industry.