MTV Defends 'Despacito' Snub at 2017 VMAs

MTV Defends 'Despacito' Snub at 2017 VMAs”

"The prolific singer/songwriter has created some of the most memorable pop songs and music videos of our time, from "Don't Let Me Get Me" and "Try" to "F**kin" Perfect" and "Trouble.' P!nk's signature vocals have transformed her into a fearless pop artist with an eclectic range, allowing her to produce everything from a pop-rock song one day to a soulful R&B song the next".

"Despacito", the song, will be recognized at the VMAs in the "song of the summer" category, MTV said.

Looks like Pink is already getting the MTV Video Music Awards party started!

It's unclear why MTV has not played "Despacito" on its main channel.

The network announced on Tuesday that the 37-year-old pop star will be receiving the night's highest honor, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, when the awards show airs live from The Forum in Inglewood, California, on August 27. Being a music video that celebrates Latin American culture, MTV Tres makes it a point to show the trending single made by the two Puerto Rican artists.

Unfortunately, YouTube's 3.2 billion views of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's Latinx smash music video "Despacito" can not be considered as a qualification to enter MTV Music Video Awards. However, singer Fonsi told the AP he's happy with the song's success regardless of the lack of award recognition.

"Awards are very important but what bigger award (is there) than having the most watched video in the world in history? It doesn't really get any bigger than that", Fonsi smiled. 'Hopefully it'll win some awards down the line, down the road, but I think I got the biggest one so far, straight from the people'.

Lamar is the top VMA contender with eight nominations.

The 2017 VMAs will air live from the Forum in Inglewood, California.

Other performers include Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, the Weeknd, Lorde, Shawn Mendes and host Katy Perry.

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