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The Grammy award-nominated rapper expressed dismay at receiving “an excellent zero nominations once more”, marking a two-year run and not using a nod on the awards which recognises the work of African People within the leisure trade.
A BET spokesperson has now issued the next assertion to Deadline: “We love Lil Nas X. He was nominated for a Finest New Artist BET Award in 2020, and we proudly showcased his extraordinary expertise and creativity on the present twice: he carried out “Previous City Highway” with Billy Ray Cyrus at BET Awards 2019 and his BET Awards 2021 efficiency was a spotlight of our present. Nobody cheered louder that evening than BET.
“Sadly, this yr, he was not nominated by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of an esteemed group of almost 500 leisure professionals within the fields of music, tv, movie, digital advertising and marketing, sports activities journalism, public relations, influencers, and artistic arts. Nobody from BET serves as a member of the Voting Academy.”
The assertion concluded: “At BET, we’re passionate advocates for the great variety that exists inside our neighborhood. We’re dedicated to utilizing all of our platforms to supply visibility and inclusion for the entire many intersections of the Black neighborhood.”
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Lil Nas X argued in response to a consumer questioning whether or not he deserved a nomination that the success of his debut album ‘Montero’, which was launched final September and earned the rapper five Grammy nominations alongside three Quantity One songs on Billboard’s Scorching 100, merited recognition.
His reply learn: “IDK, perhaps 3 of the largest songs of final yr and a critically acclaimed album. I really feel like that ought to’ve helped me a bit.”
The BET Awards takes place on Sunday, June 26 on the Microsoft Theater in LA.
Lil Nas X’s exclusion follows an identical snub ultimately yr’s awards present, the place the rapper performed a rendition of his music ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ regardless of not being nominated.
In 2020 he was nominated for Finest New Artist on the ceremony however misplaced out to Californian rapper Roddy Ricch.
In the meantime, Lil Nas X has doubled down on his criticisms of BET in a new track.