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.
BORDERS came representing people outside US showing 🌍. This is a perfect example of "allowed" voice vs excluded voices .Even if U direct it.— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) July 28, 2016
not here 4 EGO or Accolades but know before you tell other 🌍 artists they have the same platform as major US artists coz they don't #🌍— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) July 28, 2016
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