In keeping up with the times, MTV is taking a step forward in the direction of progress. For their upcoming 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, they’re getting rid of the old “Moon Man” trophy, and instead replacing it with a gender-neutral “Moon Person”. Though physically there will be no changes to the actual trophy, the name for it will be making a change. Katy Perry, who is set to host the awards night, is calling herself “MOONWOMAN” and is already advertising it all over social media.
This year, it was MTV who re-vamped the entire awarding system, making each category gender-neutral. At the 2017 MTV Movie Awards, Beauty And The Beast star Emma Watson was the first person to receive an award in a general category that involved both men and women nominees. The channel is doing the same for the upcoming 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, by creating gender-neutral categories.
MTV President, Chris McCarthy said of the move, “Why should it be a man? It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist.”
Since MTV has been facing falling ratings over the past few years, they’re revamping their entire system, and coming back to the modern age, while still taking a step back in time. The channel will re-introduce one of their most favorited shows, Total Recall Live or TRL. The original show had run for a decade, from 1998 to 2008. The show will debut in October this year.
In addition, MTV is also planning to build a studio that overlooks Times Square in New York. McCarthy said of the new studio, “If we’re going to come back and re-invent MTV, the studio is a given. It is the centerpiece.”
The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will premiere on August 27.
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