Jack Harlow is showing support for friend and collaborator Lil Nas X at the 2022 BET Awards.
On the red carpet ahead of the show on Sunday, the rapper, 24, rocked a Lil Nas X T-shirt in support of the musician, who has expressed his frustrations with BET in recent weeks over his lack of nominations this year.
In response, Lil Nas X, 23, shared a photo of Harlow — who is up for best male hip-hop artist and is slated to perform during the show — in the T-shirt on Twitter, writing, “Wow I really love this man.”
Upon the reveal of the 2022 BET Award nominations earlier this month, Lil Nas X called out the organization for not recognizing his latest album Montero or its singles, including “Industry Baby” and “That’s What I Want,” in multiple since-deleted posts.
“thank you bet awards. an outstanding zero nominations,” he wrote on Twitter. “black excellence!”
After a fan questioned his tweet and asked why he felt he deserved to be nominated, Lil Nas X responded: “idk maybe 3 of the biggest songs of last year & a critically acclaimed album… i feel like that should’ve helped me a bit.”
Montero, which came out in September, reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and was nominated for album of the year at the Grammy Awards.
In a follow-up tweet, Lil Nas X, who is openly gay, further explained his frustrations, and said it was less about his lack of nominations and more about what he feels is a lack of acceptance.
“this not over no BET award,” he wrote in one post. “this is about the bigger problem of homophobia in the black community, y’all can sit and pretend all u want but imma risk it all for us.”
“Doesn’t even have to be me nominated,” he wrote in another. “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 [they] try to pretend we are invisible.”
Prior to this evening’s BET Awards ceremony, Lil Nas X and a few members of his team spoke out and explained Nas’ ‘painful’ history with the network. You can read what they had to say here.
wow i really love this man https://t.co/ALv9wlVoXM
— obamas cousin (@LilNasX) June 26, 2022