Lil Nas X teases diss track against BET on award show snob

Lil Nas X attends the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

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Rapper Lil Nas X teased a diss track against BET about being banned from the channel award nominations in 2022.

The Grammy award winner first expressed his frustration on Twitter the day the nominations were announced in a now-deleted tweet saying, “Thanks Betting Rewards. Another outstanding zero nomination. Black Excellence!”

On Tuesday, Lil Nas X shared a clip with the caption “F***BET! F***BET!”

In 2021, Lil Nas X releases his first album, Montero, widely acclaimed by critics. The record spawned the singles “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Industry Baby” both reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

For this body of work, Lil Nas X has also been recognized by the MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, American Music Awards and People’s Choice Award.

One award Lil Nas X won’t be able to add to his list this year will be a BET Award. Someone who received a nomination however was white rapper Jack Harlow, who is featured in a song by Lil Nas X.

BET has maintained there is no agenda against Lil Nas X. In 2020, he was nominated for the Best New Artist award. BET also invited him to perform at the 2019 and 2021 shows.

BET clarified its voting process, saying no member of the organization sits on the 500-person voting committee.

“Unfortunately, this year he was not nominated by BET’s Voting Academy, which is made up of an esteemed group of nearly 500 entertainment professionals in the fields of music, television, film, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, influencers and the creative arts”, the company said in a statement.

Lil Nas X performs onstage at the BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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Lil Nas X performs onstage at the BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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The company also spoke about its commitment to visibility and inclusion in the black community.

“At BET, we are passionate advocates for the wonderful diversity that exists within our community. We are committed to using all of our platforms to provide visibility and inclusion to all of the many intersections of the black community.”

Lil Nas X, who came out publicly in 2019 following the success of his single “Old Town Road,” said his sexuality was a reason for his lack of BET Award nominations this year.

The bet was founded in 1980 as Black Entertainment Television by media entrepreneur Robert Johnson to fill the black representation void in cable television. In the 1990s, the channel became a cultural staple leading to a $2.3 billion purchase by Viacom in 2001.

The BET Awards are separate from BET Hip Hop Awards that occur in the fall. Lil Nas X received nominations from the latter in 2021 for Montero. The 2022 BET Awards will take place on June 26 in Los Angeles.


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