Lil Nas X is not letting BET Awards off the hook for snubbing him during the 2022 nominations.
The American rapper has taken his anger towards the award show to a whole new level, releasing a diss track with an off-color art cover that sure raises eyebrows.
Lil Nas X Creates Diss Track For BET Awards With Racy Cover Art
On June 23, Lil Nas X, who is known for his bizarre marketing gimmicks, took to Twitter to announce his new single “Late To Da Party” featuring NBA Youngboy alongside a controversial cover art.
Nas X was seen taking a piss on a BET Award which was dumped in the toilet. The risque cover art brings to mind Kanye’s headline-making moment in 2020 when he shared a video of him pissing on a Grammy Award.
However, the risqué cover art is just the tip of the iceberg in how far the 23-year-old will go to diss BET. The two-time Grammy Award winner kickstarts the song, telling off the network.
“Yeah, f**k BET (Yeah), f**k BET (Yeah), f**k BET (Yeah, yeah)
Yeah, f**k BET (They know that), yeah (They know that)”
In the music video, Nas X crashes a car into the BET Awards venue during the award show and climbs on stage to chant “f**k BET,” wearing a pride flag as a cape while the audience cheers him on.
Since its upload, the hilarious clip has garnered over 966,000 likes and several comments praising Nas X’s talent. One fan commented, “His lyrics are witty and his music videos are well thought out, entertaining & refreshing. I was one of those people who thought Lil Nas X was a one-hit wonder!”
Another fan gushed, “I love how this is showing them that he doesn’t need them or their money, he makes bangers regardless of production.”
What Went Down Between Lil Nas X & BET?
As The Blast reported, Nas X’s problem with the television network occurred weeks ago when it was discovered that he was excluded from the 2022 BET Awards nomination list.
LATE TO DA PARTY 🎈
SONG + VIDEO
— obamas cousin (@LilNasX) June 23, 2022
The Georgia native took to Twitter to rant about his lack of a nomination, believing his sexuality had a role to play in his exclusion. In a series of tweets that have since been deleted, Nas X blasted the organization.
He wrote, “Thank you bet awards, an outstanding zero nominations again. Black excellence [grateful hands and white heart emoji]”
When concerned fans asked why he was so bothered about not being nominated, the “INDUSTRY BABY” rapper explained, “idk maybe 3 of the biggest songs of the last year & a critically acclaimed album. I feel like that should have helped me a bit.”
Expressing his frustration in another tweet, he wrote, “not even that, doesn’t even have to be me nominated. I just feel like blk 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.”
Many fans supported Nas X’s complaint wondering why Jack Harlow — a white rapper — was nominated and a black one was neglected.
BET Claims It Wasn’t Intentional
Despite Nas X’s complaint, BET maintains that they didn’t intentionally ignore the “Old Town Road” singer. In a social media post dedicated to the rapper, the award ceremony pledged their allegiance.
Alongside a slideshow of Nas X gracing the BET Awards over the past years, the network wrote, “This is bigger than the #BETAwards. This is real life and we will always rock with Lil Nas X and stand for our people.”
In a follow-up statement, BET explained why Nas X wasn’t nominated, writing, “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. 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.”
The network continued, “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.”