Four Things You Need To Know About The 2017 MTV VMAs

BY Milli Midwood / Aug 1 2017 / 21:31 PM

It’s August, which means the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA's) are but weeks away. Here’s everything we know so far…

Four Things You Need To Know About The 2017 MTV VMAs
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Gendered Categories Have Been Removed

That’s right, for the first time ever, the VMAs have earsed gendered categories, meaning all male and female artists will compete for the same award. So, for example, the Best Female Video and Best Male Video awards will now be combined into a new category: Artist of the Year. MTV already removed the male/female distinction from its Movie Awards, which aired in May. 

There’s a Brand New Category 

“Best Fight Against The System” is the newest addition to the awards. The category aims to celebrate videos that inspire viewers to stand up and fight injustice. Among the nominees are John Legend, Big Sean and Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley.

Katy Perry Will Host the Event

The Firework songstress has been confirmed has the host of the event. Perry announced the news on her Twitter, writing "Introducing your MOONWOMAN. Brace for impact! August 27th on @MTV @VMAs." The 31-year old singer will also perform at the event.

The Nominees

Video of the Year

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”

Alessia Cara – “Scars to Your Beautiful”

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & 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 Collaboration

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore”

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”

The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”

Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels”

Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

Best Pop

Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”

Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained to The Rhythm”

Miley Cyrus – “Malibu”

Best Hip-Hop

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

Big Sean – “Bounce Back”

Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs”

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee”

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m the One”

Best Dance

Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay”

Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”

Calvin Harris – “My Way”

Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”

Afrojack ft. 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 Fight Against The System

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan”

The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”

Big Sean – “Light”

Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”

Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”

John Legend – “Surefire”

Best Direction

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained to The Rhythm”

Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”

Alessia Cara – “Scars to Your Beautiful”

The Weeknd – “Reminder”


The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, August 27