Lil Nas X has spoken about his thoughts on his exclusion from the nominees list for this year’s BET Awards.
In a series of since-deleted Tweets posted yesterday (June 1), the rapper directly addressed BET — an awards body that specifically recognizes African Americans in entertainment — before referencing his run of two. years without appointment.
“Thank you bet rewards. one zero outstanding nominations again. black excellence,” Lil Nas X wrote to his 7.7 million followers.
Lil Nas X reacts after being left out of 2022 BET Awards nominations. pic.twitter.com/yTlQYZR4jX
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Later, in response to a user wondering if he deserved a nomination, Lil Nas X highlighted the success of his debut album, “Montero.”, which was released last September and earned the rapper five Grammy nominations alongside three number-one songs on Billboard’s Hot 100.
The response read: “IDK, possibly 3 of the greatest songs of the last year and a critically acclaimed album. I feel like that should have helped me a bit.
Before deleting the Tweet thread, Lil Nas X went on to discuss the broader recognition of LGBTQ+ musicians in the industry, telling his followers that “black gay people have to fight to be seen in this world.”
“[It] doesn’t even need to be named me. I just feel like…even when we get to the top mfs try to pretend we are invisible,” he wrote.
Lil Nas X’s exclusion from BET nominations follows a similar snub at last year’s awards show, where the rapper performed his song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” despite was not nominated. In 2020, Lil Nas X was nominated for Best New Artist at the ceremony, but lost to California rapper Roddy Ricch.
Of the actual BET nominees, Doja Cat led the tally with a total of six nominations, including one for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and another for Album of the Year for her 2021 second album, “Planet Her”.. Elsewhere, Ari Lennox and Drake scored four nominations each, while Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar and HER received three nods.
The BET Awards were established in 2001 and traditionally celebrate African Americans in theater, music and sports. This year’s edition will be hosted by actor Taraji P. Henson and will air on June 26.
In September, Lil Nas X will embark on his “Long Live Montero” world tour, which will take place on stages across North America, Europe and the UK – see full details here.