The 2017 VMA’s Get a Much-Needed Reboot

Cat Henderson

MTV’s 2017 Video Music Awards are undergoing a whirlwind of change, starting with the coveted award itself.

In an attempt to be more politically correct, MTV President, Chris McCarthy stated, “It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be a transgender, it could be a nonconformist.”

Starting this year, the award will no longer be called a “Moonman” but rather be referred to as a “Moonperson.” This change comes after MTV discarded gender-specific categories altogether, replacing Best Male Video and Best Female Video with Artist of the Year.

Apparently, 2017 is the year of change as the modified award comes with a surprising change in venue as well.

credit: The Forum. The old house of the Lakers, located in Inglewood, CA.

The Forum in Inglewood, CA has competed with downtown LA’s Staples Center since it opened in 1999. The venue reopened this year with new owner —Madison Square Garden and received an incredible $100 million worth of renovations. Now the under-appreciated theatre is ready for the spotlight. Taking place August 27th, the fan-favorite award show will be hosted by Katy Perry and is predicted to be as flashy as ever.

While the venue announcement and award transformation might be surprising to many, the top nominees are not.

Just last week MTV released the oh-so-talked-about 2017 nominations and only hip-hop and pop’s finest made the cut. Kendrick Lamar leads with eight whopping nominations—no surprise there. Close behind, The Weeknd and Katy Perry follow with five noms.

Other top competitors include Bruno Mars, Alessia Cara, and Ed Sheeran of course. Be sure to set your DVR’s and stock up on snacks for this year’s award show. It’s going to be one for the books.

Below you can find a complete list of the nominations.

Video Of The Year

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
Alessia Cara, “Scars To Your Beautiful”
DJ Khaled f. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”
The Weeknd, “Reminder”

Artist Of The Year

Bruno Mars
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Ariana Grande
The Weeknd
Lorde

Best New Artist

Khalid
Kodak Black
SZA
Young M.A
Julia Michaels
Noah Cyrus

Best Hip-Hop

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
Big Sean, “Bounce Back”
Chance the Rapper, “Same Drugs”
D.R.A.M. f. Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
Migos f. Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad & Boujee”
DJ Khaled f. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne, “I’m The One”

Best Collaboration

Charlie Puth f. Selena Gomez, “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
DJ Khaled f. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”
D.R.A.M. f. Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
The Chainsmokers f. Halsey, “Closer”
Calvin Harris f. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean, “Feels”
Zayn and Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

Best Dance

Zedd and Alessia Cara, “Stay”
Kygo and Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me”
Calvin Harris, “My Way”
Major Lazer f. Justin Bieber and MØ, “Cold Water”
Afrojack f. Ty Dolla $ign, “Gone”

Best Rock

Coldplay, “A Head Full of Dreams”
Fall Out Boy, “Young And Menace”
Twenty One Pilots, “Heavydirtysoul”
Green Day, “Bang Bang”
Foo Fighters, “Run”

Best Pop

Shawn Mendes, “Treat You Better”
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
Harry Styles, “Sign Of The Times”
Fifth Harmony f. Gucci Mane, “Down”
Katy Perry f. Skip Marley, “Chained To The Rhythm”
Miley Cyrus, “Malibu”

Best Fight Against The System

Logic f. Damian Lemar Hudson, “Black SpiderMan”
The Hamilton Mixtape, “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”
Big Sean, “Light”
Alessia Cara, “Scars To Your Beautiful”
Taboo f. Shailene Woodley, “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
John Legend, “Surefire”

Best Cinematography

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.” (Scott Cunningham)
Imagine Dragons, “Thunder” (Matthew Wise)
Ed Sheeran, “Castle On The Hill” (Steve Annis)
DJ Shadow f. Run The Jewels, “Nobody Speak” (David Proctor)
Halsey, “Now or Never” (Kristof Brandl)

Best Direction

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.” (Spencer Graves)
Bruno Mars, “24K Magic” (Alex Delgado)
Katy Perry f. Migos, “Bon Appetit” (Natalie Groce)
DJ Khaled f. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts” (Damian Fyffe)
The Weeknd, “Reminder” (Creative Director: Lamar C Taylor / Co-creative Director: Christo Anesti)

Best Visual Effects

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”(Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)
A Tribe Called Quest, “Dis Generation” (Company: Bemo/Lead: Brandon Hirzel)
KYLE f. Lil Yachty, “iSpy” (Company: Gloria FX/Leads: Max Colt & Tomash Kuzmytskyi)
Katy Perry f. Skip Marley, “Chained To The Rhythm” (Company: MIRADA)
Harry Styles, “Sign Of The Times” (Company: ONE MORE/Lead: Cédric Nivoliez)

Best Choreography

Kanye West, “Fade” (Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Jae Blaze & Derek ‘Bentley’ Watkins)
Ariana Grande f. Nicki Minaj, “Side To Side” (Brian & Scott Nicholson)
Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.” (Dave Meyers)
Sia, “The Greatest” (Ryan Heffington)
Fifth Harmony f. Gucci Mane, “Down” (Sean Bankhead)

Best Editing

Future, “Mask Off” (Vinnie Hobbs of VHPost)
Young Thug, “Wyclef Jean” (Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini)
Lorde, “Green Light” (Nate Gross of Exile Edit)
The Chainsmokers f. Halsey, “Closer” (Jennifer Kennedy)
The Weeknd, “Reminder” (Red Barbaza)

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