Lil Nas X has beef with BET.
Lil Nas X has released a new snippet of his upcoming song “Late to Da Party” featuring YB, and he has a special message for one award show — and the allleged homophobia around it.
“F*ck BET,” Lil Nas sings in the song. “Don’t try me, you better save that sh*t for somebody else. Don’t try me, cause b*tch I came late to the party.”
This isn’t the first thing Lil Nas X has said about receiving no nominations at the BET Awards this year, despite having his debut album Montero being nominated for five Grammys and having the huge hits “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” and “Industry Baby” on it. He had previously called out the network in a series of now deleted tweets.
“Thank you BET Awards,” he wrote. “An outstanding zero nominations again. Black excellence!”
But he added that it wasn’t just about the awards. “I just feel like Black gay ppl have to fight to be seen in this world and even when make it to the top, mfs try to pretend we are invisible.”
Now, he’s speaking on the issue again. “This not over no BET Award,” he wrote in a recent tweet about his new song. “This is about the bigger problem of homophobia in the Black community, y’all can sit and pretend all u want, but I’mma risk it all for us.”
In other tweets, Lil Nas responded to people’s criticisms. When one person asked why he’s upset when he already has a Grammy, Lil Nas responded, “This is my point exactly. How can I get acknowledged by the most acclaimed award show in the world and not even just 1 nomination from my own people? Is that not crazy? Am I really tripping?”
When another person pointed out that other Black queer artists like Frank Ocean and Tyler, the Creator have been nominated for BET awards, Nas pointed out a double standard. “Love Frank and Tyler to death,” he said. “But can we admit queer men are more respected when they do less feminine things, or am I making that up?”
He’s definitely not making that up.
Now, BET has responded.
“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,” the statement from the network reads. “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.”
“No one from BET serves as a member of the Voting Academy,” the statement continues. “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.”
Doja Cat leads all BET nominees, with six nods. The BET Awards will air Sunday, June 26 on BET at 8pm ET/PT.