Lil Nas X calls out BET in new diss track following snub awards
As an artist still figuring out how to turn controversy into self-promotion, Lil Nas X has revealed a snippet of an unreleased song currently titled “Late to the Party.” The song opens with singingfuck bet, fuck bettaking aim at the network for excluding him from nominations for this year’s BET Awards.
In a clip posted to Twitter, Lil Nas lip-syncs to the unreleased track using the song’s verses to note how successful he has been even without network support. Got three in the Top Ten/And I don’t need nobody he sang, referencing his 2021 singles “Montero (Call Me By Your Name”, “Industry Baby”, and “That’s What I Want”.
Despite being one of the highest ranked black artists of the year, Lil Nas received no nominations for the 2022 BET Awards. The lack of recognition led to an almost immediate reaction from Lil Nas as well as his supporters. for not honoring the openly gay rapper.
“This is no more than a no bet prize this is the biggest homophobia issue in the black community y’all can sit back and pretend all you want but i’m gonna risk it all for us,” he said in a separate tweet.
After a Twitter user reflected on his Grammy win, Lil Nas added, “That’s exactly what I mean, how can I be recognized by the most acclaimed awards show in the world and not even a single nomination from my own people? isn’t that crazy? am I really tripping?”
Another Twitter user argued that the decision was not based on her sexuality due to past BET nominations of queer artists like Frank Ocean and Tyler, the Creator. Lil Nas was quick to respond saying, “I love Frank and Tyler to death but can we admit that queer men get more respect when they do less feminine things or am I making this up ?”
Later that day, BET released a statement in response to Lil Nas’ tweets, saying the nominations weren’t decided by anyone within the network.
“We love Lil Nas X. He was nominated for BET’s Best New Artist Award of 2020 and we proudly showcased his extraordinary talent and creativity on the show twice,” the network wrote. “Unfortunately, this year he was not nominated by BET’s Voting Academy… No one from BET is a member of the Voting Academy. At BET, we are passionate advocates for the wonderful diversity that exists within our community. »
The network went on to say that its voting academy is made up of “nearly 500 entertainment professionals in the fields of music, television, film, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, influencers and creative arts”.
In a since-deleted tweet, Lil Nas reiterated his point about the snub highlighting a larger issue within the music industry saying, “Black gay people have to fight to be seen in this world and even when we get to the top, the mfs try to pretend we are invisible.
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