Lil Nas X blasts BET Awards for latest snub; “zero nominations again”

Lil Nas X was hotter than fish fat about his latest round of BET Awards snubs.

The Grammy-winning and chart-topping hip-hop entertainer noted that he was voted out of all categories after the basic cable network announced his nominations for the 2022 BET Awards on Wednesday.

Lil Nas X took to Twitter in a series of since-deleted tweets to call out the annual show, which honors achievement in black entertainment.

“Thanks to the betting awards, again zero outstanding nominations,” the 23-year-old actor also wrote of Columbia Records before adding “black excellence!”

The ‘Old Town Road’ record holder’s reaction to the snubs drew mixed reactions from fans and detractors alike, with some publicly questioning why he would assume he should be nominated.

“idk maybe 3 of the biggest songs of the last year and a critically acclaimed album,” he replied to a Twitter user. “I feel like that should have helped me a bit.”

After another user commented that his latest songs didn’t qualify as hip-hop, Lil Nas X smartly replied that the BET Awards “have a pop category.”

Ironically, his “Industry Baby” collaborator Jack Harlow – who is white – received a nomination for Best Male Hip Hop Artist.

“Industry Baby has done wonders for Jack Harlow but somehow he gets credit from BET not Lil Nas X,” one Twitter user noted of the #1 Hot 100 single. “They don’t respect each other.”

In response to another tweet, the 23-year-old Atlanta-area native, whose first name is Montero Lamar Hill, also mentioned the impact the snub has on the representation of LGBTQ+ artists in general.

“I don’t even have to be named,” he wrote. “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.”

A Twitter user agreed: “Please explain to me how the BET Awards nominate Jack Harlow and not Lil Nas X??? Their erasure of black gay men is disgusting! Do better.”

In another twist of irony, the awards were announced on the first day of Pride Month.

Lil Nas X, who was nominated for Best New Artist at the BET Awards in 2020 and five BET Hip Hop Awards in 2019 and 2021, has a somewhat sketchy relationship with the network.

At the 2021 awards ceremony, his Egyptian-themed performance of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” sparked outrage when he shared a gay kiss with one of his male backing vocalists .

Additionally, in a cover story for Out magazine published later that summer, Lil Nas X said the performance was like “jumping into a lake full of sharks and piranhas,” while sharing that the pressures of being himself and representing the LGTBQ+ community was mentally “really draining and draining”.

Hosted by Taraji P. Henson, the 2022 BET Awards will air on June 26.