Following an empowering introduction by Ellen DeGeneres, who recognized the rapper for breaking barriers, Lil Nas X opened the performance in a makeshift bedroom set. Poised on a couch strumming guitar, a Kobe Bryant jersey could be seen draped over an armchair in the background. He then sprung from his seat, rapping the song in a colorful rotating set that revealed a new performer with each changing scene.
Korean supergroup BTS followed, joining the rapper in a set painted to look like downtown Seoul. The hit maker then moved to an all-green set with a giant skull head wearing a cowboy hat, leading into a hot pink barn decked out in hay bales and a metallic motorcycle where he was joined by a banjo-playing Diplo while Ramsey rapped the lyrics. Cyrus then descended on to the stage for his signature verse before all the other performers joined in for an all-star finish.
Lil Nas X was later joined by famed rapper Nas for a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration.
Earlier in the day, “Old Town Road” picked up the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video during the Grammys pre-telecast aired hours before the ceremony. Ramsey and Diplo both appeared on remixes of the song in 2019. The original remix featuring Cyrus sat in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for nineteen weeks straight, making it the longest-running No. 1 in history.