While we’re living in 2019, Lil Nas X is living in the future—the year 2079 to be exact!
Pop music’s newest sensation put on a futuristic performance of his new single “Panini” at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards Monday night (Aug. 26).
The performance opened with a cheeky bit that imagined a future where Lil Nas X was not only President of the United States of America, but releasing the 3,162nd remix of “Old Town Road,” featuring artists like Young Sandwich, the Ghost of Benjamin Franklin and Old Thug.
After a snippet of “Old Town Road,” the rapper launched into “Panini,” embracing a Tron-like aesthetic as he lip synced to the tune and moved through some intricate choreography with a cadre of back-up dancers.
Lil Nas X is nominated in eight categories at this year’s VMAs: Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist (presented by Taco Bell), Best Collaboration, Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Direction, Best Editing, and Best Art Direction.
Watch him perform “Panini” at the 2019 VMAs above.