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Written by Clement Oluwasegun

As the era of MTV awards draw near, some changes and innovations have been made as regards the ceremony.

MTV has rid itself of gender-specific categories as the network revealed nominees.

MTV announced the nominations for the 2017 Video Music Awards via Instagram, and rapper Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with the most nominations for his video “Humble.” with 11 nominations.

Katy Perry and The Weeknd tied for second place with five nominations each.

MTV also announced a new category of “Best Fight Against the System” to recognize activist music.

It was said that the award “breaks barriers” and had a positive response when it eliminated gender groups at this year’s MTV Movie and TV Awards.

MTV awards is now unlike virtually all major US awards including the Grammys and Oscars which separate male and female categories.

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