Lil Nas X isn’t one to shy away from expressing his opinions.
On Tuesday, the 23-year-old artist called out the BET Awards in the most interesting way for his lack of nominations this year.
Lil Nas X transformed his gripes about the letdown into a new song he shared a snippet of with his fans on social media.
In the profanity-laced clip, the young rapper can be seen shirtless in his car as he lip-syncs along to his latest track, titled “Late to Da Party,” featuring YB.
“Fuck BET, fuck BET,” starts the song, which goes on with the hit-maker firing off about not needing anyone to validate his success.
“Look at how I top shit / I just put like three up in the top 10 / And I don’t need nobody / I just need these ccs on my body/ Everything I do be tryna run, go make a profit / Read about it,” he raps on the track.
Lil Nas X hasn’t held back on declaring his disdain for Black Entertainment Television’s annual awards. He also ripped them on Wednesday in a series of since-deleted tweets for not nominating him at the 2022 ceremony.
“Thank you bet awards. an outstanding zero nominations again,” he wrote in his first tweet, before adding a mocking “black excellence!”
Lil Nas X was previously nominated for the BET Awards’ Best New Artist in 2020, and for five BET Hip Hop Awards in 2019 and 2021.
“We love Lil Nas X,” BET said in a statement to HuffPost. “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.”
According to the long-running network, no one from BET serves on the Voting Academy for the annual awards ceremony.
“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 company said.
BET added: “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.”
Although the “Old Town Road” artist missed out on receiving a BET award this year, he is slated to take home the Hal David Starlight Award at the 2022 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on June 16.