After the BET nominations list was announced on Wednesday morning (June 1), Lil Nas X took to Twitter to vent his frustrations at the awards show for snubbing him for a second year — and first. day of pride month, might we add.
In a series of since-deleted tweets, the rapper called out the network for excluding him from nominations despite the success of his debut album “Montero,” which lauded hit singles “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” and “Industry Baby” with Jack Harlow. “Montero” was also nominated for five Grammy Awards this year.
“Thank you BET Awards. again zero outstanding nominations,” he wrote, ironically adding “black excellence!
Nas quotes also tweeted a response to a reviewer who asked what he released that should deem it worthy of a nomination, “idk maybe 3 of the greatest songs of the last year and a critically acclaimed album “, he said, “I feel like that should have helped me a little.
Others claimed his latest records didn’t fit the awards show, saying his sound was far from hip-hop — to which Nas said, “they have a pop category.” Concluding the since-deleted public conversation, Nas said it wasn’t about the nominations, “I just feel like 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 that we are invisible.
BET representatives did not immediately respond to Varietyrequest for comment.
Nas was nominated for Best New Artist at the BET Awards in 2020 – but lost. Among the top artists nominated for this year’s BET Awards are Doja Cat (who leads with six nominations), Drake, Ari Lennox, Silk Sonic and Kendrick Lamar.