5 Reasons the MTV VMAs Are Irrelevant

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In one of the many awkward moments during the 2015 MTV VMA Awards, Kanye West called out MTV while ironically accepting the largest award of the night, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. He accused MTV of emphasizing his and Taylor Swift’s “feud” to boost ratings, and he lamented against award shows in general and what significance those shows, and their awards, actually hold.

Kanye may actually have a point here. Since its inaugural year in 1984, the VMAs has fallen from a show that showcased truly the best in music and music video innovation to a desperate attempt at creating celebrity gossip fodder for the week. Here are five reasons that explain the irrelevancy of the VMAs.

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  1. Amanda

    September 1, 2015 at 9:06 am

    All so true! The VMAs represent only a small fraction of what music people are listening today – it’s an entertainment spectacle more so than an awards show.

  2. Ruby Mora

    September 1, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    The 90s and early 00s VMAs were awesome! I feel like since the channel has dwindled into a reality show channel (basically), it’s been trying too hard to keep viewers watching, especially since viewers have the ease of looking up music videos online. Times have changed, and it seems like MTV, as much as people want it to go back to an actual music television channel, refuses to.

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