Hip hop icon Queen Latifah sides with Lil Nas X on his BET nomination issue. In a conversation with TMZ outside Jimmy Kimmel Studio in Los Angeles, Queen Latifah said, “Lil Nas X is amazing. He should have been nominated.” The rapper says that she was unsure why BET snubbed Lil Nas X and that ‘inclusion is always key.’
Lil Nas X on BET 2022 Nominations
Earlier this week, BET released the list of nominees for the upcoming BET Awards, 2022. Doja cat topped the list with six nods, followed closely by Drake and Ari Lennox. The nominee’s list also featured various artists, including Jack Harlow, who collaborated with Lil Nas X on the track Industry Baby. BET nominated Jack Harlow for the Best Male Hip Hop Artist alongside Drake, J.Cole, Future, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Lil Baby.
Lil Nas X was, however, not nominated in any category. The rapper took to Twitter to opine on the matter shortly after the nominee’s list came out on Wednesday, June 1. In a tweet, he said;
“Thank you BET awards, an outstanding zero nominations again. Black excellence!”
Nas X Opines on Inclusivity
In response to a fan, Lil Nas X says that he deserved a nomination for ‘3 of the biggest songs of last year and a critically acclaimed album.’
The Call Me By Your Name singer, who is open about his sexuality as a gay person, said that BET should be inclusive of black gay people. He wrote;
“Doesn’t even have to be me. I 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.”
Lil Nas X’s Montero album was a huge success. It came second on the Billboard 200 immediately after its official release in September 2021. The album Montero also got the rapper five nods in the Grammy 2022 nominations.