FROM MTV ACT: Voting for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards is underway, and MTV has announced yet another reason to raise our glass to the year's best music videos with the first-ever "Best Video With a Message" category.
The special category, in conjunction with MTV Act (that's us!), celebrates the union between music and social activism, and highlights artists who created music videos that made us think about the world around us. These artists could have just made party songs, but instead they also took a stand against bullying, fought for LGBT rights and reminded us why we're all special. You've watched the videos on repeat, sang the songs in the shower, and turned them into rally cries.
Without further ado, join us in honoring the years' top risk-taking, change-making videos. Take action, and vote for "Best Video with a Message" through Aug. 16, below.
The "Best Video With A Message" nominees are...
P!nk lets out a rally cry of reassurance for anyone who's ever felt less than perfect.
Mother Monster gives birth to a world free from prejudice, judgment and self-doubt.
The California Gurl celebrates the spark and originality in all of us.
Em and Rih Rih illuminate the pain and peril of domestic violence.
Rise Against reminds LGBT teens pushed to the edge that “It Gets Better.”
Taylor Swift cautions negative naysayers that being mean gets you nowhere.
Tune in to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards show and pre-show to find who wins, live from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.