MTV makes its Video Music Awards completely gender-neutral

27 July, 2017, 18:31 | Author: Rita Burton
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Rapper Kendrick Lamar is posed with eight nominations for the music video accompanying his song "Humble". However, she was snubbed in the Video Of The Year and Artist Of The Year categories, while The Weeknd was shortlisted for both. Videos eligible for nomination had to be released between June 25, 2016 through June 23, 2017. That absence was brief, however.

Voting for the 2017 MTV VMAs is now open for nine categories to all those interested.

The VMAs are also bringing in a new category - Best Fight Against the System.

MTV moved away from gender- specific categories at its Movie Awards earlier this year and continued to do so for the Video Music Awards, swopping the Best Female Video and Best Male Video categories for one category - Artist Of The Year.

The R&B star was nominated for Best Collaboration and Video of the Year for his work on "Wild Thoughts" with DJ Khaled and Rihanna.

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Also picking up nominations at the VMAs were Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj for "Best Choreography" for their hit Side To Side. Many of those emotionally driven messages - from Katy Perry's "Firework" and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" to Macklemore's "Same Love" and Avicii's "Hey Brother" - covered broad, feel-good concepts that encouraged empowerment and acceptance.

Nominees for the socially voted best song of summer category will be announced at a later date. Damian Lemar Hudson's "Black SpiderMan" and Taboo ft. The almost six-minute visual experience speaks to the continuous debate over certain cultural figures - Jesus, Santa Claus, and Spiderman - and whether they are or should remain white. Shailene Woodley's "Stand Up/Stand N Rock #NoDAPL" will duke it out for the prize.

Another standout nominee in the realm of representation is The Hamilton Mixtape's video for the track "Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)", which features only artists of color, raps in multiple languages, and a lady rapper you need to know about.

You can see a full list of nominations here.

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