Lil Nas X Accuses BET Awards of Snubbing Black Gay Artists After His ‘Outstanding Zero Nominations’

The ‘Industry Baby’ hitmaker lashes out at the award show as he didn’t land in any of the categories despite having released critically-acclaimed album ‘Montero’ last year.

AceShowbiz -After defying expectations that he would only be a one-hit-wonder, Lil Nas X feels that he still doesn’t get the recognition that he deserves. The Grammy Award-winning rapper was particularly upset after he was snubbed by BET Awards for this year’s ceremony.

When the nominations for the 2022 BET Awards were unveiled on Wednesday, June 1, the “Old Town Road” hitmaker didn’t score any. Learning of this, he quickly vented his anger via Twitter as he sarcastically wrote, “thank you bet awards. An outstanding zero nominations again. Black excellence!”

“I try to be humble so bad but it’s really f**k you to a lot of you n***as,” he added in a separate tweet. “I will be selling fish plates outside of the BET Awards this year.”

Lil Nas didn’t stop there as he accused BET Awards of snubbing black gay artists in general in a follow-up tweet. “Not even that, doesn’t even have to be me nominated. 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,” so he claimed.

When one person asked the “MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name)” emcee, “What have you put out??? & don’t use that gay s**t as an excuse don’t nobody care no more,” he replied, “Idk maybe 3 of the biggest songs of last year & a critically acclaimed album. I feel like that should’ve helped me a bit,” in reference to his debut album “Montero”.

Another user argued that Lil Nas didn’t deserve a BET Award nomination because he’s a pop artist as opposed to a hip-hop artist. To this remark, the star clapped back, “no offense but u are literally of Caucasian persuasion and trying to school me on an award show i’ve watched my entire childhood+ it’s not the hip hop awards + they have a pop category + ratio.”

Others seemed to agree with Lil Nas as they were upset that Jack Harlow, instead of Lil Nas, got nominated for Best Male Artist alongside Drake, Future, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West and Lil Baby. “Jack Harlow got a BET award nom and Lil Nas X didn’t? During pride month? During Black Music History month? Is that what I’m seeing?” one fan called out the award show.

“Replace Jack Harlow with Lil Nas X please @BETAwards,” a second fan demanded. A third critic added, “BET is playing nasty by not even giving Lil Nas X at least ONE nomination. Lil Nas X had TWO number one singles with TWO large music videos that were critically acclaimed with 300+ million views. His songs were everywhere & still are.”

The nominations of the upcoming BET Awards are led by Doja Cat with six nods, followed by Ari Lennox and Drake who are tied with four each. The winners will be announced in a live ceremony that airs on Sunday, June 26 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Nomination List of 2022 BET Awards:

Album of the Year

  • “An Evening With Silk Sonic”, Silk Sonic
  • “Back of My Mind”, H.E.R.
  • “Call Me If You Get Lost”, Tyler, The Creator
  • “Certified Lover Boy”, Drake
  • “Donda”, Kanye West
  • “Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe”, Jazmine Sullivan
  • “Planet Her”, Doja Cat

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

  • Ari Lennox
  • Chloe Bailey
  • Doja Cat
  • H.E.R.
  • Jazmine Sullivan
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Summer Walker

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

  • Blxst
  • Chris Brown
  • Giveon
  • Lucky Daye
  • The Weeknd
  • Wizkid
  • Yung Bleu

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

  • Cardi B
  • Doja Cat
  • Latto (Mulatto)
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Saweetie

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

  • Drake
  • Future
  • J. Cole
  • Jack Harlow
  • Kanye West
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Lil Baby

Best Group

  • Silk Sonic
  • Chloe X Halle
  • City Girls
  • Lil Baby & Lil Durk
  • Migos
  • Young Dolph & Key Glock

Best Collaboration

  • “Essence”, Wizkid Feat. Justin Bieber & Tems
  • “Every Chance I Get”, DJ Khaled Feat. Lil Baby & Lil Durk
  • “Family Ties”, Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar
  • “Kiss Me More”, Doja Cat Feat. SZA
  • “Way 2 Sexy”, Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug
  • “Whole Lotta Money (Remix”, Bia Feat. Nicki Minaj

Best New Artist

  • Baby Keem
  • Benny the Butcher
  • Latto (Mulatto)
  • Muni Long (Priscilla Renea)
  • Tems
  • Yung Bleu

Video of the Year

  • “Family Ties”, Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar
  • “Have Mercy”, Chloe Bailey
  • “Kiss Me More”, Doja Cat Feat. SZA
  • “Pressure”, Ari Lennox
  • “Smokin Out the Window”, Silk Sonic
  • “Way 2 Sexy”, Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug

Video Director of the Year

  • Anderson .Paak a.k.a. Director .Paak
  • Benny Boom
  • Beyonce Knowles & Dikayl Rimmasch
  • Director X
  • Hype Williams
  • Missy Elliott

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

  • “All in Your Hands”, Marvin Sapp
  • “Come to Life”, Kanye West
  • “Grace”, Kelly Price
  • “Hallelujah”, Fred Hammond
  • “Hold Us Together (Hope Mix)”, H.E.R. & Tauren Wells
  • “Jireh”, Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music
  • “We Win”, Lil Baby X Kirk Franklin


  • “Best of Me (Originals)”, Alicia Keys
  • “Good Morning Gorgeous”, Mary J. Blige
  • “Have Mercy”, Chloe Bailey
  • “Pressure”, Ari Lennox
  • “Roster”, Jazmine Sullivan
  • “Unloyal”, Summer Walker & Ari Lennox
  • “Woman”, Doja Cat

Best International Act

  • Dave (U.K.)
  • Dinos (France)
  • Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Fireboy Dml (Nigeria)
  • Little Simz (U.K.)
  • Ludmilla (Brazil)
  • Major League Djz (South Africa)
  • Tayc (France)
  • Tems (Nigeria)

Best Movie

  • Candyman
  • King Richard
  • Respect
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy
  • Summer of Soul
  • The Harder They Fall

Best Actor

  • Adrian Holmes, “Bel Air
  • Anthony Anderson, “Black-Ish
  • Damson Idris, “Snowfall
  • Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • Forest Whitaker, “Respect” | “Godfather of Harlem
  • Jabari Banks, “Bel Air
  • Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us
  • Will Smith, “King Richard

Best Actress

  • Aunjanue Ellis, “King Richard
  • Coco Jones, “Bel Air
  • Issa Rae, “Insecure
  • Jennifer Hudson, “Respect
  • Mary J. Blige, “Power Book II: Ghost
  • Queen Latifah, “The Equalizer
  • Quinta Brunson, “Abbott Elementary
  • Regina King“, “The Harder They Fall
  • Zendaya Coleman, “Euphoria” | “Spider-Man: No Way Home

YoungStars Award

  • Akira Akbar
  • Demi Singleton
  • Marsai Martin
  • Miles Brown
  • Saniyya Sidney
  • Storm Reid

Sportswoman of the Year Award

  • Brittney Griner
  • Candace Parker
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Serena Williams
  • Sha’carri Richardson
  • Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year Award

  • Aaron Donald
  • Bubba Wallace
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Ja Morant
  • LeBron James
  • Stephen Curry (II)

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