MTV Announces Major Change to Awards Show

Goodbye, gender-specific categories
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 7, 2017 8:50 AM CDT
MTV Announces Major Change to Awards Show
FILE - In this April 12, 2015 file photo, Mark Ruffalo, from left, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, and Chris Evans present Robert Downey Jr. with the generation award at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles. MTV announced April 6, 2017, that it has scrapped gender specific categories...   (Matt Sayles)

MTV has scrapped gender-specific categories for its upcoming Movie & TV Awards, dubbed the MTV Movie Awards in previous years, reports the AP. In place of the Best Actress and Best Actor categories, this year's awards will honor a non-gendered Best Actor in a Movie and Best Actor in a Show. There are also five new categories, per Mashable: Show of the Year, Best Host, Best Reality Competition, Tearjerker, and Next Generation.

The move follows the Grammy Awards' decision in 2011 to dump gender distinctions between male and female singers, collaborations, and groups. In another change, the Best Fight category has been renamed Best Fight the System in a nod to social activism. Actor and comedian Adam DeVine will host on May 7. (More MTV Movie Awards stories.)

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