So far in 2021, Lil Nas X has having quite the year. The artist has remained one of music’s most recognized names thanks to his music, performances, awards, social media moments, and more. One of his most significant achievements was the publication of his long-awaited debut album, Montero, last month. Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion, Jack Harlow, Elton John, and Doja Cat all made appearances on the fifteen-track album, which included No. 1 singles “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Industry Baby.” Lil Nas X returned home to Atlanta a month after releasing the record, where he was greeted by a celebration to commemorate the release.
The event was organized by famed producer Dallas Austin and Gilead Compass Initiative, an organization that works to minimize HIV/AIDS-related inequities in the Southern United States, according to a press statement announcing the ceremony. Chloe Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Shanti Das, Miss Lawerence, BMI’s Vice President of Creative Catherine Brewton, and Native Son’s founder Emil Wilbekin all made cameo appearances. It was here that Atlanta Councilman Antonio Brown presented Lil Nas X with a proclamation declaring October 20th as Lil Nas X Day.
Mardequs Harris of The Southern AIDS Coalition, a non-partisan organization that brings together government, community advocates, corporate leaders, and people living with HIV to end the HIV epidemic in the Southern United States, organized a choir to perform Montero’s songs. Members of the LGBTQ community, allies, and faith leaders made up the choir, which was dressed in purple in honor of GLAAD’s #SpiritDay on October 21.