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Lil Nas X puts BET beef in song on new single

By | Published on Friday 24 June 2022

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Lil Nas X has immortalised his ongoing beef with the BET Awards on new single ‘Late To Da Party’, opening the track with a chant of “fuck BET”.

The new song, which also features Youngboy Never Broke Again, doesn’t specifically lay into BET any further, although the lyrics do assure everyone listening that Lil Nas X doesn’t need anyone’s help to make money. So that’s good.

This year’s BET Awards are set to take place in LA this Sunday and – as he has been teasing this new track on social media in recent weeks – the rapper has been taking aim at the ceremony due to his lack of nominations.

Insisting that his complaint is not simply sour grapes, he wrote on Twitter earlier this month: “This [is] not over no BET Award, this is about the bigger problem of homophobia in the black community. Y’all can sit and pretend all you want but imma risk it all for us”.

“I just feel like black gay people 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”, he added.

Nas has received one BET nomination during his career so far, picking up a Best New Artist nod in 2020. He has also performed at the BET Awards show in the past, including a performance of his song ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ last year.

Since then, he’s released his debut album ‘Montero’, which you might have thought would make him a shoo-in for at least one nomination this year. But no.

In response to the rapper’s BET dissing in recent weeks, organisers of the awards have insisted that they “love” him and blamed their academy of voters for not adding him to any shortlists.

“We love Lil Nas X”, they said. “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: he performed ‘Old Town Road’ with Billy Ray Cyrus at BET Awards 2019 and his BET Awards 2021 performance was a highlight of our show. No one cheered louder that night than BET”.

“Unfortunately”, they went on, “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. No one from BET serves as a member of the Voting Academy”.

They then insisted that they “are passionate advocates for the wonderful diversity that exists within our community” and “are committed to using all of our platforms to provide visibility and inclusion for all of the many intersections of the black community”.

None of that has seemingly placated Lil Nas X though, given he has now gone ahead and released ‘Late To Da Party’ complete with the “fuck BET” chant. Watch (and bask in the high production values of) the video for the song here: