“There could not be a more fitting honor for Lil Nas X. He embodied the spirit of courage while representing culture in an authentic and beautiful way. Maybe once in a generation an artist comes along and literally changes the world for the better, ”Bailey said. “By being exactly who he is and grabbing the attention, creating a world that is both undeniable and exceptionally entertaining, he kicked in the door. “
“Yes, he broke records. Yes, he broke down the barriers. He delivers creatively like no other and that makes him so worthy of it: Innovator of the Year, ”she continued.
Lil Nas X took the stage to accept the award, starting his speech with a joke, “I had a lot of fun pissing people off. I’m kidding, I’m kidding.
“This year took a lot of mental strength to be able to keep pushing after my debut put me so quickly so high,” continued the musician. ” I came out. I was myself. I did what I had to do. I have made an effort in every part of my career. I am simply grateful for this award. I am grateful for this year.
“Thank you for my team. Thanks, Ron Perry. Thanks, Jack Harlow in the audience right now… Thanks guys, I love you, ”Nas finished.
In a interview with Variety, In the discussed how he single-handedly relaunched the event clip with his revolutionary visuals for “Montero (Call me by your name)” and “Industry Baby”. “I’m the product of the Internet, so now that I’m here I can use all of these tools to my advantage,” he said. “I feel like I am in control of my career. I do not bow to what a member of my team says. I cannot be successful without being free from my creativity.
The Hitmakers event, linked to VarietyThe December 2 Hitmakers issue pays tribute to the writers, producers, editors, managers and executives who helped create – and break – the 25 most-consumed songs of the year. Along with Lil Nas X, other artists honored at the event are Harlow for Tomorrow’s Hitmaker, BTS for Record of the Year, Billie Eilish and Finneas for Best Movie Song of the Year, Olivia Rodrigo for Songwriter of the Year, Lana Del Rey for Award of the Decade, Normani for Collaborator of the Year, Polo G for Rising Star Award Presented by Amazon Music, Kali Uchis for Crossover Award , Glass Animals for Band of the Year, Walker Hayes for Sync of the Year and City Girls for the Future Is Female Award presented by Motown Records.