VMA host’s brutally honest reaction to Lil Nas X’s red carpet look divides fans

Lil Nas X in a lilac gown and MTV's red carpet host Jamila Mustafa

Lil Nas X channelled Lil Kim with a stunning half-gown, half-suit for the MTV VMAs – but not everyone was impressed.

The star put his own spin on Lil Kim’s often referenced but never matched 1999 VMA look – her iconic one-shouldered, breast-baring jumpsuit with matching nipple pasty.

Wearing his own crystal-covered, lilac Atelier Versace ensemble, Lil Nas X told MTV’s red carpet host Jamila Mustafa: “I’m happy, I look good,” before asking her if she felt the same.

“Listen,” she said, “I’m not gonna say I’m hating on the fit, but let’s move on, OK?”

Mustafa’s honesty left some fans stunned, with one Twitter user simply asking: “Where was the lying? You’re supposed to lie.”

“I was shocked when she said that,” added another user. One similarly said: “Interview really said, ‘anywaaaay,’ when Lil Nas X asked if his fit looked good.”

A third user joked, “That interviewer working for DaBaby,” the embattled rapper whose homophobic rant in August led to a raft of music festivals dropping him.

As countless users sought to stress, Mustafa is not today’s Twitter villain. She was simply doing her job and providing her personal opinion when asked.

Off the red carpet, and Lil Nas X delivered an awe-inspiring performance of his songs “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Industry Baby”, before winning the night’s top gong, Best Video.

During his performance, Nas made a subtle but powerful statement about the startling uptick in HIV transmission in America’s southern states.

Mardrequs Harris from the Southern AIDS Coalition joined him on-stage wearing a tee with the number 433,816 printed on its back – a reference to the number of people living with HIV in the south.