No gen­der-spe­cific cat­e­gories for MTV VMA this year

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MTV has rid it­self of gen­der-spe­cific cat­e­gories as the net­work re­vealed nom­i­nees for this year's Video Mu­sic Awards, in which rap­per Kendrick La­mar is in the lead.

In the age of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and the fierce back­lash he has gen­er­ated among cul­tural lead­ers, MTV also an­nounced a new cat­e­gory of "Best Fight Against The Sys­tem" to recog­nise ac­tivist mu­sic.

The awards will air world­wide from Los An­ge­les on Aug 27.

La­mar, one of the most ac­claimed fig­ures in hip-hop, re­ceived the most nom­i­na­tions at eight in­clud­ing Video of the Year for Hum­ble.

Tied for second with five nom­i­na­tions are Katy Perry (pic) for her sci-fi amuse­ment park fan­tasy Chained To

The Rhythm and The Weeknd for his star-stud­ded Re­minder.

The Video Mu­sic Awards for the first time will not di­vide by gen­der with a new Artist Of The Year prize in­cor­po­rat­ing the top male and fe­male cat­e­gories.

The net­work said in a statement that it­wa­soutto"break bar­ri­ers" and had a pos­i­tive re­sponse when it elim­i­nated gen­der groups at this year's MTV Movie and TV Awards.

Nom­i­nees for Artist Of The Year in­clude four men – La­mar and The Weeknd along with Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran -- and two women, Ar­i­ana Grande and Lorde. Win­ners in the ma­jor cat­e­gories are deter­mined by vot­ing by fans through the awards' web­site, www.vma.mtv.com.

The Video Mu­sic Awards have usu­ally been more about the spec­ta­cle than the ultimate win­ners, with the net­work gladly of­fer­ing a global plat­form to celebri­ties.

Pop cul­ture mo­ments of past galas have in­cluded Lady Gaga wear­ing a dress of raw meat, Madonna mak­ing out on stage with Brit­ney Spears, and Bey­once show­ing off a baby bump for her first child with Jay-Z.

But tak­ing a se­ri­ous turn, MTV an­nounced the new Best Fight Against The Sys­tem award to cel­e­brate videos "that in­spire view­ers to stand up and fight in­jus­tice".

The nom­i­nees in­clude John Leg­end's Sure­fire, whose video drama­tises an­ti­im­mi­grant and anti-Mus­lim sen­ti­ment in the United States, and the cel­e­bra­tory Im­mi­grants – We Get The Job Done from the block­buster mu­si­cal Hamil­ton. Other nom­i­nees are Black Spi­der­Man by Logic, Big Sean's Light, Alessia Cara's Scars To Your Beau­ti­ful and Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL, a hipled hop an­them by Black Eyed Peas' Taboo. – AFP Re­laxnews

Photo: AP

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