MTV is inviting transgender military members to the 2017 Video Music Awards

Chris McCarthy MTV president, stated that "MTV has invited transgender members of the U.S. Armed Forces to the 2017 Video Music Awards and we would be honored if they could attend". The music-oriented television network has reportedly reached out to the military, and requested some of its members to participate.

MTV has invited transgender military members to attend this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) in a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's recently signed ban on openly transgender people serving in the military.

According to Variety, this year's show will feature FIVE WHOLE STAGES.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Haverstick, a spokesperson for the Pentagon told CNN that the request is still being reviewed by the defense department.

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Active-duty servicemen and women face restrictions on high-profile public appearances, especially those with a political message.

The Weeknd, who was previously announced as a performer, is now absent on the Performers list of artists on the MTV.com website. The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards are nearly upon us, and speculation about who's performing at The Forum is at an all-time high. Best New Artist nominees this year include singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, for her summer hit "Issues"; R&B crooner Khalid; Miley Cyrus' younger sister Noah; cult favorite SZA; and rappers Young M.A and Kodak Black.

This award has previously been given to musical icons such as The Beatles, Guns 'N Roses, Madonna, Beyonce and Rihanna. The producers already announced that there will be no gendered categories this year and there will be a "Best Fight Against the System" category (no, Rage Against the Machine is not nominated). There will also be two remote performances live from Vegas - Demi Lovato will perform "Sorry Not Sorry", and the Joe Jonas-fronted DNCE will join Sir Rod Stewart (!) for an updated version of Stewart's classic "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy". Artist Kendrick Lamar has led the nomination table, earning a total of eight nods.

  • Michelle Webb