Last night the annual conference of participation trophies known as The BET Awards took place during its allocated time slot on the last Sunday in June. And although there were many moments when I looked at the screen and asked nobody in particular, “Who the fuck is this?” there was one face I will always recognize, Patti LaBelle. In the past, she has both performed and been honored, but last night she took to the stage to pay tribute to the iconic Tina Turner, who sadly passed away last month. Unfortunately, another sad thing was Patti’s performance, which is being raked over the coals as the long-awaited sequel to her critically acclaimed 1996 Christmas special titled “Where My Background Singers!”
Lil Nas X Says BET Made Him Swear He Wasn’t A Satanist Before Allowing Him To Perform At Their Awards Show Last Year
The 2022 BET Awards were held last night, and if you know anything about this year’s ceremony, then you know that to Lil Nas X, BET stood for “Barred from Entry Tonight.” That’s because Lil Nas X was snubbed from this year’s award show. He received zero nominations, which was weird, considering he had three really big songs last year and a top-charting album. Lil Nas X recently spoke about his current relationship with BET, which is clearly pretty bad. But he thinks things started to go sour at last year’s ceremony.
During last night’s BET Awards, Sean “Diddy” Combs (or Love Combs, or Stay Puff, whatever his name is) received a Lifetime Achievement award, and honestly, the musical tribute to him was one of the best parts of the show. Then, after Diddy’s tribute ended Kanye West joined the stage. And that’s when the night took a huge turn into the toilet for me.
Earlier this month, Lil Nas X called out the BET Awards on Twitter for giving him a total of zero nominations for 2022, despite the fact that he had “maybe 3 of the biggest songs of last year & a critically acclaimed album” (his words). It was especially rude considering BET nominated Jack Harlow for Best Male Hip Hop Artist. To put that into perspective, Nas’ album Montero was indeed lauded by critics (it has an 85 on Metacritic), while Jack’s sophomore effort was universally panned. Pitchfork said it was “among the most insipid, vacuous statements in recent pop history”). A few days later Nas tweeted: “this not over no bet award this is about the bigger problem of homophobia in the black community.” He added that “y’all can sit and pretend all u want but imma risk it all for us.”
Now the 23-year-old has taken a swipe at BET in his new music video, “Late to da Party (F*CK BET)”. First of all, there’s that title. Then there’s the opening lyrics: “Fuck BET, fuck BET, fuck BET!” The video also features Nas Photoshopping a picture of a pee-filled toilet containing the BET Award he won for “Old Town Road (Remix)” in 2019. It ends with him crashing his car into the BET Awards, getting on the stage, and singing “Fuck BET” while he throws money around. Hmmm. Can any academics try to decode the meaning of this video? Cuz I’m lost. Continue reading
I remember not too long ago when you couldn’t survive a week without someone criticizing Lil Nas X for either being too sexual or profane when we all know it was basically people finding ways of saying “It’s Too GAYYYYY!” without actually saying it. Lil Nas X faded into the background for a bit this year but still found time to shock and titillate audiences with dick-grabbing moments. Listen, I love to see it. Apparently, though, BET doesn’t. Doja Cat led the nominations with six noms and Lil Nas X got a total of ZERO and he let BET know how he feels about that.
Cardi B absolutely will pull the same gag twice, so if you’re a stripper who’s had sex with Offset, keep it on the DL because she’ll replay that jump-down real quick. But that’s not the old trick Cardi pulled out of her closet last night. 28-year-old Cardi came out in support of her man and his rap trio, Migos, during the 2021 BET Awards and debuted her pregnant and bedazzled belly for all the world to see.