MTV is inviting transgender military members to the 2017 Video Music Awards

MTV is inviting transgender military members to the 2017 Video Music Awards

Swift dropped a teaser for the video via Instagram early Friday. "It's ridiculous in a lot of ways, high-school gossip amplified to feed the public's hunger for drama", the Guardian's Maura Johnston wrote. She will also perform "Chained to Rhythm". "There's going to be a lot of costume changes and a lot of movement", VMA producer Garrett English hinted.

A number of big names will be taking to the stage to perform this year.

Close behind Lamar is Perry and The Weeknd, both up for five awards. And it certainly sounds like they'll need 'em: Viewers can expect performances from Katy Perry, Kendrick Lamar, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony (joined by Gucci Mane on their hit single "Down"), Thirty Seconds to Mars, Logic, Khalid, Post Malone, Alessia Cara, Kyle, and Julia Michaels. Those without a TV can stream the awards show live on MTV's live TV site, which requires a cable login for access. The MTV VMAs have had their share of beefs in the past, too, so we might get to see a little harmless drama, too.

Although DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller's collaboration on "Wild Thoughts" has become an anthem of sorts since its June release, our spidey senses are giving the impression that Zayn and Taylor Swift's dark and sultry "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" will take home the moon man for Best Collaboration.

This year's VMAs will also have two other decidedly political edges as the show introduces a new awards category, the "Best Fight Against the System" category highlighting videos with a social message. Nominees include: "Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)" off the Hamilton Mixtape and Shailene Woodley's protest anthem with Taboo, "Stand Up/ Stand N Rock #NoDAPL".

The US president caused outrage and offence in July when he abruptly tweeted that transgender people could no longer serve in the military.

"DoD confirms that MTV has invited Service members in their personal capacity to this year's VMAs", Pentagon Spokesman Lt. Col. Paul Haverstick told the publication in a statement. "At this time the Department of Defence is reviewing the parameters of the request".

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