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Lil Nas X And 11 Other Black LGBTQ Celebrities Who Deserve BET Awards

We're not free until we're ALL nominated.

Lil Nas X made the news when he dragged BET for excluding him from the 2022 BET Awards after his debut album, Montero, received four Grammy nominations and produced five hit singles, each breaking the Billboard Hot 100.

Lil Nas X kissing his backup dancer

Lil Nas X brought attention to a lack of LGBTQ acceptance in Black culture and blamed BET for amplifying the anti-LGBTQ sentiment through lack of visibility and blatant exclusion.

He claims the strained relationship began after BET became very upset following the performance stunt.

Looking back at previous years, it's apparent he's not wrong. LGBTQ representation is lacking in most pop culture, but it's almost non-existent in every BET Awards show, despite trailblazing queer entertainers' contributions to the culture.

In what looked like a last-ditch PR stunt, Billy Porter and Saucy Santana performed at this year's show. A brilliant performance, but Lil Nas X's revelations, including his latest single and BET diss track, "Late to da Party," loomed over the ceremony.

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Lil Nas X's feud sparked conversation at the awards show, including Jack Harlow showing his support by wearing his absent friend and "Industry Baby" collaborator on a T-shirt on the red carpet.

Jack Harlow wearing a T-shirt on the red carpet that says "Lil Nas X" in large letters with an artistic rendering of Lil Nas taking up the rest of the shirt

So, here's a list of Black LGBTQ celebrities who deserve to be nominated and honored at the BET Awards.

Keiynan Lonsdale

Karamo Brown

Dominique Jackson

Saucy Santana

Laverne Cox

Tessa Thompson

Frank Ocean

Robin Roberts

Wanda Sykes

Lena Waithe


Lil Nas X

Which Black queer celebrities would you like to see honored at the next BET Awards?