Lil Nas X disses BET in new song, calls out homophobia in Black community

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After receiving zero nominations for a 2022 BET Award, Lil Nas X gave fans a tease of his new song, which also takes aim at the awards show. 

The “Industry Baby” rapper released a minute-long teaser of his new song featuring NBA Youngboy titled “Late to Da Party” and captioned the post “F*** BET! F*** BET!” 

In a follow-up tweet, Lil Nas responded to a user who questioned why he appeared so upset about a BET award when he’s already won a Grammy.

“This is my point exactly,” Lil Nas X wrote. “How can i get acknowledged by the most acclaimed award show in the world and then not even just 1 nomination from my own people? is that not crazy? am i really tripping.”

Elaborating further, the 23-year-old added, “this not over no bet award this is about the bigger problem of homophobia in the black community, y’all can sit and pretend all u want but imma risk it all for us.”

In a statement per Variety, BET responded, stating, “We love Lil Nas X. He was nominated for a best new artist BET Award in 2020 and we proudly showcased his extraordinary talent and creativity on the show twice.”

“Unfortunately, this year, he was not nominated by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of an esteemed group of nearly 500 entertainment professionals in the fields of music, television, film, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, influencers and creative arts,” the statement continued. “No one from BET serves as a member of the Voting Academy. 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 for all of the many intersections of the Black community.” 

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