After months-long hiatus off social media and the news cycle, queer rapper and Twitter king Lil Nas X has made a triumphant return to the red carpet at the 64th Grammy Awards. Listed as one of the performers, if previous years are to be an indication we can expect the kind of show that will land not a few phone calls complaining about indecency because won’t someone think of the children! Personally, I’m 100 per cent hoping for this kind spectacle to give the Grammy Awards the same buzz we saw at last week’s Academy Awards.

Rocking up in white Balmain that is dripping in more pearls than a 1920s socialite or Maharaja and a butterfly emblazoned on the chest, the 22-year-old’s choice of fashion feels poignant after his time spent cocooned in silence. Is this a new era in the continual evolution of Lil Nas X?

After what can only be described as a year of continuous wins that included the hit track Montero (Call Me By Your Name) and Industry Baby with Jack Harlow, Lil Nas (real name Montero Lamar Hill) inexplicably disappeared off Twitter and Instagram. Known for his prolific social media presence and skills in making even the most negative of responses work in his favour, it was a shock for many who soon became concerned.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 03: Lil Nas X attends the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Partly because in late 2021, Lil Nas told his legions of fans that he caught COVID and emotions were running high amongst the children that their beacon of gay hope might have been suffering the worst effects of the virus.

Since his return to social media however, he hasn’t missed a beat in picking up where he left off. Just as savvy with ruthless reading skills as ever, it looks like downtime may have been the best thing for the young star. Perhaps we’re forgetting the impact endless, relentless media attention can have on the mental health of people. Even those who seem to relish the spotlight.