BET responded to Lil Nas X’s anger at being snubbed for their 2022 awards, explaining that no one within the awards body was on the voting committee.
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The Grammy-nominated rapper has expressed his dismay at receiving ‘once again zero outstanding nominations’, marking a two-year run without a nod to awards that recognize the work of African Americans in the entertainment industry. .
A BET spokesperson has now issued the following statement to Deadline“We love Lil Nas X. He was nominated for a BET Award for Best New Artist in 2020, and we proudly showcased his extraordinary talent and creativity on the show twice: he performed ‘Old Town Road’ with Billy Ray Cyrus at the 2019 BET Awards. and his performance at the 2021 BET Awards was a highlight of our show. No one cheered louder that night than BET.
“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 No one from BET is a member of the Voting Academy.
The statement concluded: “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.
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Lil Nas X argued in response to a user wondering if he deserved a nomination than 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, deserved recognition.
His 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.
The BET Awards take place on Sunday, June 26 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Lil Nas X’s exclusion follows a similar snub at last year’s awards show, where the rapper performed his song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” despite not having been nominated.
In 2020, he was nominated for Best New Artist at the ceremony but lost to California rapper Roddy Ricch.
Meanwhile, Lil Nas X has doubled down on his BET reviews in a new track.