Jack Harlow is showing his support for Lil Nas X, and he’s letting millions of fans all over the world know it.
On Sunday, ahead of the BET Awards ceremony, Harlow stepped out on to the red carpet portion of the festivities wearing a black Lil Nas X T-shirt, to along with his matching slacks and shoes.
Over the last few weeks, the Old Town Road star has been on a social media frenzy, taking jabs at BET, an awards body that specifically honors African Americans in entertainment, for failing to nominate him and his acclaimed debut studio album Montero.
Supportive: Jack Harlow, 24, showed his support for Lil Nas X by wearing his t-shirt, amid the Old Town Road star’s social media frenzy against BET for not nominating his album Montero
Harlow, 24, struck a formidable pose in his all-black ensemble in front of the line of photographers along the red carpet.
The Louisville, Kentucky rapper is among the list of artists who are preforming at the BET Awards that are being held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
It didn’t take long before Nas took notice of Harlow’s supportive gesture by wearing one of his t-shirts and took to Twitter.
‘wow I really love this man,’ the Georgia native, 23, wrote in acknowledgement to his show of respect.
Man in black: The Kentucky native struck a formidable pose in his all-black ensemble in front of the line of photographers along the red carpet
Touched: Lil Nas X wasted little time in sharing his ‘love’ for Harlow on Twitter
Lil Nas X (born Montero Lamar Hill) made headlines last year when he kissed a male backup dancer during his performance at the BET Awards.
The kiss sparked some anti-gay backlash, but in the end, it didn’t hamper him from having a standout year on the career front following the release of Montero in September 2021, which was three months after the awards show performance.
If hit songs have anything to do with being nominated for awards, then Nas has truly made his case with the five singles that supported Montero.
The songs Montero (Call Me by Your Name), Sun Goes Down, That’s What I Want, Lost in the Citadel” and Industry Baby, his collaboration with Harlow, all topped the Billboard Hot 100.
And all the success translated into him scoring big on the awards circuit, receiving nominations for five Grammys, two Brit Awards, and five Billboard Music Awards, but yet he was shut out when it came to the BET Awards.
The Kiss: Lil Nas X (born Montero Lamar Hill) made headlines last year when he kissed a male backup dancer during his performance at the BET Awards
Acclaimed and shut out: The Georgia rapper’s album Montero did well on the awards circuit, but not with BET
Surprised and stunned over Montero being snubbed by BET, Nas has not been shy in expressing his displeasure that began with a series on since-deleted tweets posted on June 1.
‘Thank you bet awards,’ he shared when this year’s nominees were first announced. ‘An outstanding zero nominations again. Black excellence!’
After clarifying that he doesn’t expect accolades for his all of his work, he chalked up the snub to the recording industry exploiting and then rejecting Black LGBTQ+ performers.
‘i just feel like black gay people 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,’ he wrote in one of those deleted tweets.
About a week later, BET responded with a statement on June 7, saying, ‘We love Lil Nas X. He was nominated for a best new artist BET Award in 2020, and we proudly showcased his extraordinary talent and creativity on the show twice: He performed ‘Old Town Road’ with Billy Ray Cyrus at BET Awards 2019 and his BET Awards 2021 performance was a highlight of our show. No one cheered louder that night than BET.’
Take that: Stunned bu his shutout from any BET Award nominations this year, the rapper has been taking public jabs at BET since those nominations were made public June 1
Taking a stance: The rapper continued taking jabs at BET, even after BET released a statement denying they shut out Nas from any nominations due to him being gay
BET CEO Scott Mills followed up to Billboard: ‘We work really hard to be extraordinarily inclusive in all we do in terms of the awards show and depictions in our film and TV content. Notwithstanding the hard work we do, we have to understand that there might be opportunities for improvement in some of our practices. So we are looking at our processes to figure out any blind spots that might have contributed to any outcomes. We’ll go through that exercise because we are committed to making sure that we are sensitive to any potential for unconscious bias.’
Despite deleting those initial tweets on June 1, the rapper headed back to social media and doubled-down by sharing a video of himself lip-synching to his new hit song Late To Da Party, which kicks off with the rapper repeating, ‘F**k BET’ over and over.
While promoting the release of his song and music video for Late To Da Party, Nas took to Instagram and shared a photo that features a BET award being urinated on in a toilet.
Nas first came to prominence with his hit song Old Town Road, which included a collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus that reigned at No.1 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 19 weeks.