HOLLYWOOD—Well it looks like the trend of eliminating gender specific categories is continuing with the MTV network. To be honest I think it’s great and I wonder how things would look if the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Academy Awards did the same thing?

The 2017 contenders for the MTV Video Music Awards were announced on Tuesday, July 25, and leading the pack of nominees was rapper Kendrick Lamar who earned 8 nominations including Artist and Video of the Year. Yes, people, Artist of the Year is a new category in the race. I’m actually surprised this awards show still exists considering MTV barely airs music videos anymore. Followed close behind were Katy Perry and The Weeknd who both picked up 5 nominations apiece. A list of nominees can be viewed below:

Artist of the Year

-Bruno Mars

-Ed Sheeran

-Kendrick Lamar

-Ariana Grande


-The Weeknd

Video of the Year

-Bruno Mars “24K Magic”

-Alessia Cara “Scars to Your Beautiful”

-DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller “Wild Thoughts”

-The Weeknd “Reminder”

-Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE.”

Best New Artist

-Kodak Black

-Noah Cyrus

-Julia Michaels

-Young M.A



Best Pop Video

-Miley Cyrus “Malibu”

-Fifth Harmony feat. Gucci Mane “Down”

-Shawn Mendes “Treat You Better”

-Ed Sheeran “Shape of You”

-Harry Styles “Sign of the Times”

-Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley “Chained to the Rhythm”

Best Hip-Hop Video

-Big Sean “Bounce Back”

-D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty “Broccoli”

-DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m the One”

-Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert “Bad & Boujee”

-Chance the Rapper “Same Drugs”

-Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE.”

Best Collaboration

-The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey “Closer”

-Charlie Puth feat. Selena Gomez “We Don’t Talk Anymore”

-D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty “Broccoli”

-DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller “Wild Thoughts”

-Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean “Feels”

-Zayn & Taylor Swift “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”

Best Rock Video

-Coldplay “A Head Full of Dreams”

-Foo Fighters “Run”

-Fall Out Boy “Young and Menace”

-Green Day “Bang Bang”

-Twenty One Pilots “Heavydirtysoul”

Best Dance Video

-Calvin Harris “My Way”

-Kygo & Selena Gomez “It Ain’t Me”

-Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber and MØ “Cold Water”

-Zedd and Alessia Cara “Stay”

-Afrojack feat. Ty Dolla $ign “Gone”

Best Fight Against The System

-Big Sean “Light”

-The Hamilton Mixtape “Immigrants”

-Alessia Cara “Scars to Your Beautiful”

-Logic feat. Damian Lemar Hudson “Black SpiderMan”

-Taboo feat. Shailene Woodley “Stand Up/Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”

-John Legend “Surefire”

Those golden popcorn trophies will be handed out on Sunday, August 27 from The Forum arena in Inglewood, California. A host for the ceremony has not yet been announced, but the awards will be televised live on MTV at 8 p.m.