Lil Nas X has been on top of the world this past year. Yet, the most significant African American award show didn’t nominate him for any award. In response to not being nominated, he released a diss track called, “Late To Da Party” with NBA Youngboy. Critics say BET isn’t known for being LGBTQ+ friendly let alone inclusive. The rapper has been openly gay and has been himself to the world.
He is not hiding anything in “Call me by your name.” He even used a stripper pole to go to Hell (symbolically) and gave Satan a lap dance. If that were not controversial enough, Lil Nas even had censored sex inside a locker room. So, he’s never shy of taking risks, to say the least. But, he is hilarious and a major advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.
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The Meme-able Track, “Late To Da Party”
His new song “Late To Da Party” clearly says “fu*k BET.” He makes sure everyone knows that he is pissed off and offers no sneak disses. Heck, he even farted in the song. The lyrics convey that this song is not to be serious at all. Lil Nas X just wanted to troll everyone and make a crass statement to the music industry. It was recorded and released within a couple of weeks of the controversy, and the music video has seven million views and is a low-budget, funny, green screen-like video.
To say that he is booming would be an understatement. He has three tracks with over a BILLION streams on Spotify; he is the 43rd most listened to right now, the song with the most weeks at number one in Billboard history. His past album has two songs with over one BILLION streams, so not nominating him is a tragedy on their part. Shame on you BET.
Support LGBTQ+ Artists like Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X will not be the last LGBTQ+ artist snubbed at this award show. Many artists at several award shows have been blacklisted because they are LGBTQ+ (that is the word on the street). Even if we (Yes, I am part of the LGBTQ+ community too- if you have not guessed it by now) have progressed as a society, we are NOWHERE near where we need to be. He is not the traditional artist in this industry, but luckily for us, he will continue to break barriers.