The 2022 BET Awards nominations were announced today and Lil Nas X was nowhere to be found.
In a series of since-deleted tweets, the rapper called out the network for snubbing him once again despite the success of his debut album Montero, which spawned hit singles like “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” and “Industry Baby” with Jack Harlow.
“thank you bet awards. an outstanding zero nominations again,” he tweeted before adding, “black excellence!”
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) June 1, 2022
When someone questioned why he deserved to be nominated, Nas clapped back with receipts. “idk maybe 3 of the biggest songs of last year & a critically acclaimed album,” he said. “i feel like that should’ve helped me a bit.”
Another person claimed that he shouldn’t be eligible because he is a “pop artist,” to which he responded, “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.”
According to Nas, the snub is not just about him. “doesn’t even have to be me nominated,” the openly gay rapper wrote on Wednesday, which also happens to be the first day of Pride Month. “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.”
While he may not be attending the show, he joked that he will be “selling fish plates outside of the bet awards this year.”
This is the second consecutive year that Nas has been snubbed. He was nominated for Best New Artist in 2020 but lost.
Nas delivered one of the most-talked-about moments of last year’s BET Awards when he performed “Montero.” In 2019, he performed his record-breaking hit “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus.
While Nas was shut out, his “Scoop” collaborator Doja Cat leads the 2022 BET Awards with six nominations, while Drake and Ari Lennox earned the second most nods with four each. Other multiple nominees include Future, Young Thug, Baby Keem, Silk Sonic, Kanye West, and more.
Hosted by Taraji P. Henson, the 2022 BET Awards will air live on Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.