The singer’s recent video shining a light on the plight of refugees isn’t in the running at this year’s video music awards.
M.I.A has accused MTV of racism and sexism after failing to nominate her recent ‘Borders’ video for the upcoming VMAs.
“This is a perfect example of ‘allowed’ voice vs excluded voices,” the singer told fans earlier today (July 28), labelling the music brand guilty of “racism sexism classism elitism” in a string of tweets following the reveal of this year’s nominees earlier this week. Beyonce led the way in Tuesday’s announcement with 11 nominations, with Adele, Drake and Kanye West also up for awards. Read M.I.A’s tweets below.
The VMAs will be broadcast live on August 28 from New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Earlier this month, M.I.A was dropped from London’s Afropunk festival over controversial comments about Black Lives Matter. Organisers released a statement explaining: “A key part of the Afropunk ethos has always been educating one another, breaking down boundaries and sparking conversation about race, gender, religion, sex, culture and everything that makes life worth living… After discussing the situation with the artist and the community, a decision was agreed upon by all involved that M.I.A will no longer headline Afropunk London.”