For those of you tired of the 72-hour news cycle, and partisan politics, you might be pleased to hear MTV celebrated its 26th Edition of the MTV awards this past Sunday May 7, 2016 and it was a resounding endorsement of diversity, inclusion and much of what is right about America. The show was hosted by Adam Devine and for the first time ever included awards for television as well as film categories. Also for the first time, the awards combined gender categories for best male actor and best female actor into one category, best actor. Emma Watson took that award for Best Actor for her portrayal of Belle, the heroin in the Disney, blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” which took first place. Other best picture nominees included: Logan, Get Out, Rouge One: A Star War’s Story, and Edge of Seventeen. Other big winners included, Ashton Sanders & Jharrel Jerome – “Moonlight” for the MTV Awards-exclusive, Best Kiss Category; Trevor Noah, Best Host, “The Daily Show” Comedy Central; Lil Rel Howery, Best Comedic Performance, “Get Out”; Best Reality Competition, VH-1, “RuPaul’s Queens”, and Best Hero, Tarji P. Henson for her portrayal of NASA Mathematician, Katherine G. Johnson in “Hidden Figures”. If you disagree with these winners, you probably haven’t seen Hidden Figures, or Howery’s portrayal of “TSA Agent to the rescue” in “Get Out”; to say it was howlingly funny would be an understatement.
The other thing remarkably refreshing about this year’s MTV awards was that they were effortlessly diverse. They didn’t go out of their way to include performances for the sake of inclusion (winners and nominees) … MTV truly surveilled the landscape and picked the best performances of the year. This was not “everybody gets a trophy”, this was everybody gets a chance to compete. Kudo’s MTV, well done! Unlike the Republican Senate Caucus, (didn’t think I was going to let you off completely Scott-free, did you?) who chose 13 male Senators to revise the House’s version of the Healthcare Reform Bill, excluding all of 5 Republican woman Senators who could have participated, MTV prevented a product more representative of America; Black, White, Brown, men, women, straight and gay. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now!”