M.I.A. Accuses the VMAs of Racism, Sexism, and Classism Following Snub

She has a point.

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Remember last year when Nicki Minaj didn't get nominated for Video of the Year at the VMAs (opens in new tab), and very astutely blasted the music industry (opens in new tab) for its double standards when it comes to black artists?

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Now, M.I.A. (who recently came under fire for controversial remarks about Black Lives Matter) is taking issue with MTV's annual awards show, saying the lack of nomination for "Borders" is an example of racism, classism, sexism, and elitism.

M.I.A.'s video focuses on the refugee crisis, a massive global issue that deserves a much larger platform. The VMAs typically recognize videos that make a significant cultural/pop cultural impact, and considering the fact that "Borders" is bringing awareness to a marginalized group (and has been watched three million times on Vevo), the lack of nomination seems at the very least worthy of further discussion.

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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.