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Rapper Lil Nas X has raised a dissenting tide against BET due to his exclusion from the Channel Awards nominations in 2022.
The Grammy Award winner first expressed his frustration on Twitter on the day the nominations were announced in a now-deleted tweet saying, “Thank you for the awards. Zero nominations, great again. Black Excellence!”
On Tuesday, Lil Nas X shared an excerpt with the caption “F*** BET! F*** BET!”
In 2021, Lil Nas X released his debut album, Montero, to widespread critical acclaim. The record produced singles “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Industry Baby” both reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
For this work, Lil Nas X has also been honored with the MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, American Music Awards, and People’s Choice Awards.
One award that Lil Nas X won’t be able to add to his roster this year will be the BET Award. The person who received a nomination was white rapper Jack Harlow, who appeared on the song Lil Nas X.
The funny thing is, Baby Industry was my biggest single released last year in the eligibility period but only one of us got a nomination https://t.co/3DUkngGnXN
– Montero (@LilNasX) 8 June 2022
BET has maintained no agenda against Lil Nas X. In 2020, he was nominated for Best New Artist. BET has also invited him to perform at the 2019 and 2021 shows.
BET explained its voting process, saying that no one from the organization served on the 500-person voting committee.
“Unfortunately, this year, he was not nominated by BET’s Voting Academy, which consists of a prestigious group of nearly 500 entertainment professionals in the fields of music, television, film, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, influencers and creativity,” the company said in a statement.
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The company also spoke about its commitment to standing up and being included in the black community.
“At BET, we are passionate advocates for the incredible diversity that exists within our community. We are committed to using all of our platforms to provide visibility and inclusion at all of the many intersections of the Black community.”
Lil Nas X, who came out public in 2019 after the success of his single “Old Town Road,” said his sexual orientation was a reason why he lacked nominations for this year’s BET Awards.
This no-bet prize is about the biggest problem of homophobia in the black community, you can sit back and pretend whatever you want but imma risk everything for us.
– Montero (@LilNasX) 7 June 2022
BET was founded in 1980 as Black Entertainment Television by media entrepreneur Robert Johnson to fill the void of Black representation in cable television. By the 1990s, the channel had become a cultural staple which led to the $2.3 billion purchase of Viacom in 2001.
The BET Awards are separate from the BET Hip Hop Awards, which are held in the fall. Lil Nas X received nominations from the latter in 2021 for Montero. The 2022 BET Awards will take place on June 26 in Los Angeles.