The anthem for League of Legends Worlds 2022 has been revealed as “STAR WALKIN'” by rapper Montero Lamar Hill, better known as Lil Nas X. The full song will debut on Sept. 23.
Riot Games has announced that Lil Nas X will be performing “STAR WALKIN'” at Worlds 2022, which begins Sept. 29 and runs through Nov. 5. In addition, Lil Nas X will also be collaborating on a prestige skin for the as-of-yet unreleased champion K’Sante, the Pride of Nazumah, who was announced last month.
Lil Nas X is a hip hop artist turned fashion and LGBTQ icon. He rose to popularity in 2019 and has since continued to produce hit songs like “INDUSTRY BABY” and “MONTERO.”
Introducing the NEW PRESIDENT of #LeagueOfLegends, Lil Nas Xecutive. #Worlds22 Anthem | STAR WALKIN' by @lilnasx | Sept 23 pic.twitter.com/GigRg0MM41
— League of Legends (@LeagueOfLegends) September 15, 2022
“STAR WALKIN'” was announced via a satirical parody short in which Lil Nas X becomes the “President of League of Legends.” As president, Lil Nas X promptly enacts some changes, like ensuring that “STAR WALKIN'” plays in the office whenever possible.
“If you can get tired of this song, you will get tired of this song,” Lil Nas X said in the video short.
In keeping with Lil Nas X’s style and previous World Anthems, the song has a pop-rock flavor, at least from the sound of what is likely the song’s chorus. The new song is still a bit of a mystery, however, so fans will have to wait to hear the full track.
All League of Legends World Championship anthems
The Worlds anthem always draw lots of scrutiny from fans of League of Legends. Riot Games typically calls on popular or upcoming musicians to take on the task of creating the song. Past artists have included DJ Zedd and rock band Imagine Dragons. The anthems typically release with an animated cinematic of some variety.
Below is a complete list of all the Worlds anthems.
- 2014 – “Warriors” by Imagine Dragons
- 2015 – “Worlds Collide” by Nicky Taylor
- 2016 – “Ignite” by Zedd
- 2017 – “Legends Never Die” by Against The Current & Chrissy Costanza
- 2018 – “RISE” by The Glitch Mob, Mako, and The Word Alive
- 2019 – “Phoenix” by Cailin Russo and Chrissy Costanza
- 2020 – “Take Over” by Jeremy McKinnon, MAX and Henry
- 2021 – “Burn It All Down” by Riot Music Team ft. PVRIS
- 2022 – “STAR WALKIN'” by Lil Nas X
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