This year’s MTV award show, set to air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on May 7, 2017, will see some significant changes.
First the title. The awards show will now include television series making them the MTV Movie & TV Awards. They will also amalgamate the actor/actress categories to just simply Actor, pitting male and female actors against each other for the first time in their new, non-gendered acting categories.
“We have to constantly be pushing ourselves to not only respond to culture but lead it,” MTV president Chris McCarthy told CNNMoney. “If we’re going to do an award show that celebrates content, why would we not modernize what that looks like?”
It must be said that removing gender-specific awards is not new. In 2008, U.K’s National Television Awards dropped their best actor and actress categories for gender neutral ones but they brought them back temporarily in 2012 and 2013.
“A great performance is great regardless of gender and we think that dropping the male/female division has made the drama performance category more exciting,” Kim Turberville, executive producer and founder of the NTAs said.
And, shock of shocks, the Emmys, were once gender neutral. They were separated into awards for lead actor and actress in 1951.
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