Lil Nas X calls out homophobia after BET Awards snub

Following the announcement of the BET Awards nominees on Wednesday 1 June, American rapper Lil Nas X has expressed his unhappiness about not receiving a nod. In a series of now-deleted tweets, the Old Town Road hitmaker highlighted his charting success in 2021 for his three tracks, Industry Baby, Call Me By Your Name and Thats What I Want.

The rapper also used the opportunity to address homophobia in entertainment.

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Reacting to his BET Awards snub on 1 June, Lil Nas X “thanked” awards organisers for “an outstanding zero nominations again”. As per Variety, the 23-year-old added “black excellence!”

After a fan questioned why he should’ve been nominated, the rapper wrote: “idk maybe 3 of the biggest songs of last year & a critically acclaimed album. I feel that should’ve helped me a bit. I feel like that should’ve helped me a bit.”

In another tweet he wrote: “I just feel like black gay people have to fight to be seen in this world and even when we make it to the top mfs try to pretend we are invisible”. 


Taking to Twitter on Tuesday 7 June, Lil Nas X shared a snippet of an upcoming song titled Late To Da Party featuring NBA YoungBoy. Lil Nas X opens the high-energy track with the lyrics “F*ck BET F*ck BET”. 

The rapper clarified that the song was not about BET but addresses a “bigger problem” in entertainment. 

“This not over no BET Award, this is about the bigger problem of homophobia in the black community, y’all can sit and pretend all you want but imma risk it all for us,” he wrote. 

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In a statement sent to Variety, BET responded to Lil Nas X’s outrage about being snubbed for an award. 

“We love Lil Nas X. He was nominated for best new artist BET Award in 2020 and we proudly showcased his extraordinary talent and creativity on the show twice.”

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

“No one from BET serves as a member of the Voting Academy. At BET, we are passionate advocates for the wonderful diversity that exists within our community,” the statement continues. “We are committed to using all of our platforms to provide visibility and inclusion for all of the many intersections of the Black community.”

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