“F*ck BET! F*ck BET!” Lil Nas X sings at the start of his unreleased song “Late to the Party” featuring NBA YoungBoy. LNX teased the diss track on Twitter a week after calling out the network for snubbing it when it received no nominations for the 2022 BET Awards.
On June 1, when the full list of nominations was announced by BET, Lil Nas X’s name was nowhere to be found. (Although LNX’s “Industry Baby” collaborator Jack Harlow received a nomination for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist.) The rapper took to Twitter shortly after to vent his frustrations in a series of tweets since deleted.
“Thank you, BET Awards. Outstanding zero nominations again. Black excellence!” he wrote sarcastically, per Complex. When Twitter users tried to push back his candid tweet, Lil Nas didn’t have it.
“What did you put??? And don’t use this gay shit as an excuse, nobody cares anymore,” one person insisted. “Idk maybe 3 of the biggest songs of the last year and a critically acclaimed album,” LNX replied. “I feel like that should have helped me a bit.”
He’s not exaggerating – ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ and ‘Industry Baby’ earned Lil Nas X his second and third Billboard Hot 100 #1. When others tried to argue that the BET Awards only recognized Hip-Hop, Rap and R&B artists, Lil Nas pointed out that he watched the awards show his “entire childhood” and that they had, in fact, a category of Pop music and report.
“I don’t even have to be named,” LNX said in another response. “I just feel like black gay people have to fight to be seen in this world and even when we get to the top mfs try to pretend we’re invisible.”
The Montero The creator may have deleted the tweets, but he clearly had more than he wanted out of his chest. On June 7, Lil Nas X released two videos teasing his upcoming collaboration with YoungBoy, captioning the first video, “F*CK BET! FUCK BET! 🤧”
About 20 minutes after posting the clip, he tweeted: “This is no more than no BET awards this is the biggest issue of homophobia in the black community y’all can sit down and pretend all you want, but I’ll risk it all for us.”