Lil Nas X has been publicly expressing his frustration at his lack of nominations at this year’s BET Awards.
The Grammy-winning rapper tweeted last week how he was snubbed from the award show, “thank you bet awards. an outstanding zero nominations again. black excellence!” he wrote in a series of posts that have since been deleted.
BET has now responded to Lil Nas in a statement reading, “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: he performed ‘Old Town Road’ with Billy Ray Cyrus at ‘BET Awards’ 2019 and his ‘BET Awards’ 2021 performance was a highlight of our show. No one cheered louder that night than BET.”
They added, “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.”
“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.”
Lil Nas responded in a since-deleted tweet of the statement writing, “these are literally just buzz words placed together.”
On Tuesday (June 7) the Georgia native posted a snippet of his new song on Twitter where the rapper repeatedly says in the intro “F— BET.”
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