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M.I.A. lashes out at MTV bosses following Video Music Awards 'snub'

Published 28/07/2016

M.I.A.
M.I.A.

The star calls attention to "excluded voices"

Provocative hip-hop star M.I.A. has blasted MTV Video Music Awards bosses for failing to nominate her Borders video.

The Paper Planes hitmaker took to Twitter a day after the nominations were revealed, and made her feelings clear.

"MIA - BORDERS is not included in the VMAs #hahahahhaahahhaha!!," she wrote, adding the snub smacks of: "Racism sexism classism elitism...

"This is a perfect example of 'allowed' voice vs excluded voices. Even if U direct it... not here 4 EGO or Accolades but know before you tell other artists they have the same platform as major US artists coz they don't (sic)."

She added: "#f**ktheVMAs we don't need their recognition!! Keeping our future in the books."

The promo features the Sri Lankan rapper and a group of refugees attempting to find a new home.

Her provocative lyrics include the lines: "Politics/What's up with that?/Police shots/What's up with that?/Identities/What's up with that?/Your privilege/What's up with that?/Broke people/What's up with that?/Boat people/What's up with that?"

M.I.A's latest tweet comes weeks after she was dropped from the bill of the Afropunk London festival. She claimed she was dumped for comments she made about the Black Lives Matter movement.

In April (16), she told ES Magazine, "It's interesting that in America the problem you're allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter. Is Beyonce or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That's a more interesting question."

She took to social media following the publication of the article to assure fans she wasn't attacking the Black Lives Matter movement.

Beyonce leads this year's (16) Video Music Awards nominations with 11.

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