Lil Nas X may be an “Industry Baby,” but he’s no darling of the BET Awards. After receiving zero nominations for the second year in a row, the rapper continues his criticism of the award show with the release of a biting diss track.
On Tuesday, Lil Nas X dropped a preview of his song "late to da party" on Twitter, posting a video of himself lip-syncing to the song's lyrics, which reference his snub by the Black cable channel, as well as the recent commercial success of his music.
"I just put like three up in the top ten," raps Lil Nas X over the track. "Don't try me. Better save that (expletive) for somebody else."
Lil Nas X explained on Twitter that his response to the snub goes beyond having any industry beef with BET.
"this not over no bet award," he tweeted Tuesday. "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."
The diss track follows a series of now-deleted tweets from last week, in which the 23-year-old vented frustration over the brush-off, according to screenshots and reports from People, Complex and the Los Angeles Times.
"thank you bet awards. an outstanding zero nominations again,” he wrote, before humorously adding, “black excellence!”
In a statement released Wednesday, BET said Lil Nas X didn't receive any nominations this year because he wasn't nominated by BET’s Voting Academy, which consists of "an esteemed group of nearly 500 entertainment professionals," adding, "No one from BET serves as a member of the Voting Academy.”
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