M.I.A. Blames Racism and Sexism for Not Being Included in This Year's VMA Nominations

M.I.A. Blames Racism and Sexism for Not Being Included in This Year's VMA Nominations

In fact, she cites racism, sexism, classism and elitism.

Published July 28th

Yesterday (July 27) the nominees for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards were announced, and M.I.A. took to Twitter to express her disappointment in not receiving a nod for her recent accomplishments.

Her instinctual reaction was that her being slighted had very little do with her music and everything to do with her race, her gender and overall how the awards and the music industry at large is designed.

“MIA - BORDERS is not included in the VMAs ##hahahahhaahahhaha!!” the 41-year-old artist wrote on Twitter. “Racism sexism classism elitism #dontwantyourlane.”

The performer then went on to say she feels as though the awards are a “perfect example of ‘allowed’ voice vs. ‘excluded’ voices,” going on to allude that due to several reasons, she may never have a place at an awards show such as the VMAs, adding that her ego doesn’t have anything to do with the matter.

Check out her uncensored tweets about being excluded from this year’s nominees below.

Written by KC Orcutt

(Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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