MTV VMA Nods, Travis Scott Tour & ‘Barbie’ in Middle East


From MTV’s hottest artists to Barbie in the Middle East, here’s what’s happening in entertainment.

’23 VMAs

With just over a month to go before the 2023 MTV Music Video Awards, the network has released this year’s nominees.

Taylor Swift leads all artists with eight nominations, including major categories like Video of the Year, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. SZA checked in with six nods, while a slew of other artists are tied at 5 nominations each.

The ongoing Hollywood writer’s strike will likely impact the show, as it has other award shows this year. That means showrunners will have to get creative when selecting a host and creating segments to keep the show interesting.

The ceremony is set for September 12 at Newark, N.J.’s Prudential Center.

Travis Tour

Fresh off the release of his fourth solo studio album, UTOPIA, Travis Scott is set to hit the road.

Scott took to Instagram to confirm the news and announce U.S. and European dates will be publicized soon.

The tour will be Scott’s first since Astroworld, which was marred by crowd crush in Houston that left 10 people dead and dozens others injured. Litigation around the deadly festival is ongoing and just as recently as two days ago, it was revealed that Scott settled with a third family who lost their 14-year-old son in the melee. 

The announcement also comes days after a slated show at the Pyramids of Giza was cancelled by Egypt’s Musicians Syndicate which cited Scott’s image as going against its societal values.

Middle East Barbie

The wild success of the Barbie movie won’t be escaping the Middle East after all.

The film is set to debut in theaters this weekend after a three-week delay. It was set to go live two days before the rest of the world on July 19, however critics in the region wanted to censor parts of the movie that did not align with their societal values.

For example, there were concerns in the United Arab Emirates over LGBTQ+-related dialogue, according to Variety. Barbie isn’t the first movie to face this type of reaction. This year, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was not released in Saudi Arabia or the UAE, presumably because of a “Protect Trans Lives” flag that appeared in a scene of the movie.

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