The nominees for this year's BET Awards were announced Wednesday, but there was one name absent from the list: Lil Nas X.
The gay rapper and singer released Montero in September 2021, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums, and two of its singles -- "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" and "Industry Baby" -- topped the Billboard Hot 100. The album was also nominated for album of the year at the Grammy Awards.
In now-deleted tweets following the nomination announcement, Lil Nas X expressed his frustration at the awards, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Never one to not speak his mind, Lil Nas X tweeted; "thank you bet awards. an outstanding zero nominations again. black excellence!"
When another Twitter user accused the singer of using being gay as an excuse for criticizing BET and asked what he had released, Lil Nas X was quick to point to his successful album and singles.
"idk maybe 3 of the biggest songs of last year & a critically acclaimed album... i feel like that should've helped me a bit," he wrote.
Another Twitter user pushed back on Lil Nas X's tweet saying that he wasn't nominated because he wasn't eligible for the awards as a "pop artist," an assertion the singer quickly shut down.
"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," he responded.
The singer went on to share why he was so frustrated by the snub -- and the BET Awards's seeming lack of acceptance. "not even that, doesn't even have to be me nominated," he wrote. "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."
Lil Nas X has since deleted all of the tweets regarding the BET Award nominations, and the network has yet to make any statements on the subject, reports the Times.
This year's BET Awards will be hosted by Taraji P. Henson and will air live on Sunday, June 26, 2022, on BET.