KATY PERRY TO HOST AWARDS TINGED WITH AC­TIVISM

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Time Out - AFP

The MTV Video Mu­sic Awards have earned no­to­ri­ety for their made­for-tele­vi­sion shock mo­ments, but in the era of Don­ald Trump, the gala is set to take on a po­lit­i­cal bent. The awards, to be broad­cast world­wide on Sun­day evening from Los An­ge­les, for the first time will hon­our not just videos but also ac­tivism, with a new prize for Best Fight against the Sys­tem. Pop star Katy Perry (left), fresh from a racy new al­bum, will serve as host of the awards, which tra­di­tion­ally have been more closely watched for off-the-wall in­ci­dents than for news of the win­ners. Perry has been one of the most prom­i­nent names in the left-lean­ing celebrity world to cam­paign against Trump’s agenda — and VMA par­tic­i­pants hinted there could be on-stage ad­vo­cacy. “The sys­tem is messed up right now; a lot of peo­ple are un­happy. It feels like a lot of voices aren’t be­ing heard in this coun­try,” said Ter­rence J, ac­tor and TV per­son­al­ity, who will be part of the VMA broad­cast. “In­stead of just watch­ing the show, we’re go­ing to see a mo­ment.” The nom­i­nees for Best Fight against the Sys­tem award in­clude John Leg­end’s Sure­fire, on anti-im­mi­grant, anti-mus­lim sen­ti­ments in the United States. Other con­tenders in­clude a cel­e­bra­tory tune about im­mi­grants from the mu­si­cal Hamilton, and an an­them against the dis­puted Dakota Ac­cess Pipe­line led by Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas.

THE VMAS THIS YEAR HAVE GONE GEN­DERNEU­TRAL, ABOL­ISH­ING SEP­A­RATE MALE AND FE­MALE CAT­E­GORIES AND RECHRIS­TEN­ING ITS SPACE-THEMED MOON­MAN STAT­UETTE AS THE MOON PER­SON

PHOTO: MARIO ANZUONI/ REUTERS

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