Words: Emily Maskell; pictures: Twitter/@LilNasX
Lil Nas X's hotly anticipated new single ‘Late To Da Party’ featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again claps back at his BET Awards snub.
In ‘Late To Da Party', Lil Nas is set to address his beef with the BET Awards as a snippet of his soon-to-be-released single posted to social media features the lyrics “F*ck BET”.
FUCK BET! FUCK BET! 🤧 pic.twitter.com/bnG2UP7Hlo— obamas cousin (@LilNasX) June 7, 2022
Lined up for release this Friday (24 June), two days before the 2022 BET Awards, the 23-year-old singer-songwriter has dropped a promotional clip of his unreleased track that pokes fun at the BET Awards by parodying one of their ads.
The video (below) shows the 'Industry Baby’ singer gracing the stage to collect his wins from numerous other awards shows, his performance from last year’s BET Awards where he sang 'Montero (Call Me by Your Name)' before announcing the wrong date for the BET Awards - it's the release date of ‘Late To Da Party’ instead.
LATE TO DA PARTY 🎈— obamas cousin (@LilNasX) June 22, 2022
THIS FRIDAY! pic.twitter.com/4fQcBzCEsd
Lil Nas was nominated in 2020 at the awards show for Best New Artist, but he received 0 nominations in 2021 or 2022.
Earlier this month he took to Twitter, in a series of now-deleted posts, to share his thoughts on not being nominated.
“Thank you, BET awards. An outstanding zero nominations again. Black excellence,” he tweeted sarcastically at the beginning of June.
In another deleted tweet, he added: “I just feel like black gay ppl have to fight to be seen in this world and even when we make it to the top mfs try to pretend we are invisible.”
A few days later (7 June), he clarified: “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.”
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.— obamas cousin (@LilNasX) June 7, 2022
BET responded to Lil Nas’ comments in a statement to Deadline at the time, where they stated “we love Lil Nas X” but explained that “no one from BET serves as a member of the Voting Academy.”
Their statement concludes: “We are committed to using all of our platforms to provide visibility and inclusion for all of the many intersections of the Black community.”
In April, Lil Nas X joked he wasn't gay anymore after leaving the Grammy awards empty-handed. He had been up for five categories including Record of the Year.
He was nominated for International Artist of the Year at the BRIT Awards which were gender neutral for the first time when they happened in February.
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