Monsta X Fans Are Wondering Why the MTV VMAs Did Not Nominate the Group for ‘Best Pop’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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MTV introduced the nominees for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, and the awards present is as soon as once more protecting the controversial Best Ok-pop class. In 2019, followers accused MTV of being xenophobic for creating the class. After the nominees had been introduced, Monsta X followers questioned why the group’s music “Someone’s Someone” was not nominated within the Best Pop class.

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Monsta X was nominated for Best Ok-pop

For the 2020 MTV VMAs, Monsta X was nominated for Best Ok-pop together with (G)I-DLE, BTS, EXO, Tomorrow X Together, and Red Velvet. Monsta X was nominated for “Someone’s Someone,” EXO was nominated for “Obsession,” BTS was nominated for “On,” MTV nominated (G)I-DLE for “Oh My God,” TXT was nominated for his or her music “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away),” and Red Velvet was nominated for “Psycho.”

BTS was the one Ok-pop group nominated for Best Pop, changing into the first Asian act to take action. The group was nominated alongside Halsey for “You Should Be Sad,” Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s music “Rain On Me,” Taylor Swift’s “Lover,” Jonas Brothers for “What a Man Gotta Do,” and Justin Bieber ft. Quavo for “Intentions.”

In 2019, the hashtag #VMAsRacist trended on Twitter when MTV introduced the Best Ok-pop class, as followers felt it was designed to maintain Asian artists from being nominated for the key awards. For the 2020 awards present, no Korean bands had been nominated for Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, or Song of the Year.

The group launched ‘Someone’s Someone’

Monsta X launched the music “Someone’s Someone” on Oct. 4, 2019. The music’s lyrics are in English and it was co-written by Shownu of Monsta X and Before You Exit members. A music video for the monitor was launched on Oct. 16, 2019, and so far it has over 20 million views on YouTube.

“Someone’s Someone” was included on the band’s English album All About Luv, which was launched on Feb. 14, 2020. While Wonho departed the group on Oct. 31, 2019, the singer-songwriter’s vocals and songwriting credit are nonetheless current on the album. The album obtained constructive critiques and landed at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart following its launch.

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Fans questioned why Monsta X was not nominated for ‘Best Pop’

Following Monsta X’s success with “Someone’s Someone” and All About Luv, followers of the group surprise why Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney, and I.M. weren’t nominated for Best Pop. Monbebes identified that as a result of All About Luv is marketed as a pop album and options English lyrics, “Someone’s Someone” meets the factors for being a pop music.

Given Monsta X’s expansive Korean discography, followers additionally questioned why the group was not nominated with a Korean music within the Best Ok-pop class. This questioning led some followers to name out the MTV VMAs for xenophobia on the subject of the Best Ok-pop class.

“Absolutely luv that Monsta X is nominated but I just find it funny that under the ‘Best K-pop'(Korean Pop) category, out of 80+ KOREAN songs they have, yall chose an English song (great song choice but that aint kpop, unless yall listenin to a diff version lol) anyways vote MX,” one fan tweeted.

“monsta x worked REALLY HARD for ‘All About Luv’. They sang in a language that isn’t their first and did it so well. And yet the @vmas thinks they can gatekeep them based on their ethnicity? You really showed your xenophobia. The album isnt even listed as ‘K-pop’. #VMAsXenophobic,” wrote a Twitter person.

“uh…. what the hell is this..??? a best kpop category??? really?? it’s not even a genre to be treated as one!!! and monsta x are nominated with an ENGLISH POP SONG????????? YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME,” tweeted a fan.

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