MTV Unveils New Gender-Neutral “Moon Person” For 2017 VMAs

"Why should it be a man? It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist."

Gone are the days of the iconic Moonman: MTV recently debuted its gender-inclusive Moon Person award, which will debut during 2017’s Video Music Awards. In past years, the metallic astronaut figurine was something of a mascot for the annual award show.

The change is part of the network’s ongoing efforts to reinvent itself, MTV President Chris McCarthy told The New York Times.

“Why should it be a man?” McCarthy told the Times. “It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist.”

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This decision is in line with MTV’s choice to discontinue gendered award categories for the VMAs. For 2017’s nomniee lineup, all of the gendered categories were replaced with gender-neutral genres—for instance, instead of “Best Male Video” and “Best Female Video,” nominations were listed under the new “Best Music Video” category.

According to McCarthy, the latest developments are just the beginning of MTV’s push for gender-neutral content. He also mentioned the network’s “We Are They” series—highlighting trans and gender-nonconforming youth—in his interview with the Times. The series is still in development.

This year’s VMA host is Katy Perry with performances by Shawn Mendes, Miley Cyrus, and more. Watch the video below for the full lineup of performers at this year’s awards.

The 2017 VMAs will air Sunday, August 27 at 8/7c on MTV.

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