Taylor Swift leads MTV Europe award nods

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Updated 05 October 2017
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Taylor Swift leads MTV Europe award nods

NEW YORK: Taylor Swift led the nominations announced Wednesday for the MTV Europe Music Awards after she caused a stir with her vengeful new persona on “Look What You Made Me Do.”
The pop superstar was up for six prizes including Best Artist and Best Video at the international edition of MTV’s awards gala, which will take place in London on November 12.
“Look What You Made Me Do,” the lead single from Swift’s upcoming album “Reputation,” broke the record for first-day views on YouTube as Swift, long an anodyne cultural force, showed a sinister new side to herself.
The video opens in a graveyard where a tombstone reads “Here Lies Taylor Swift’s Reputation” and goes on to take subtle jabs at her ex-boyfriends as well as rapper Kanye West, with whom she has a simmering feud.
Young Canadian sensation Shawn Mendes was second with five nominations, followed at four nods each for English songwriter Ed Sheeran and rapper Kendrick Lamar, who was the big winner at MTV’s signature Video Music Awards in Los Angeles in August.
Nominees for Best World Stage category, which recognizes international performances, include the Los Angeles-based DJ Steve Aoki for an MTV special in Malta and Foo Fighters for a gig aired from Barcelona.
The Europe Music Awards differ from the VMAs by recognizing international impact and featuring non-English categories.
But like the VMAs, the awards generally more watched for its pop culture moments, both scripted and unscripted, than for the actual winners.
MTV earlier announced that Rita Ora, a major pop singer in Britain who is set to release her first album in five years, will serve as host of the show in her hometown.


Tokyo 2020 official mascots unveiled at ceremony

Updated 22 July 2018
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Tokyo 2020 official mascots unveiled at ceremony

  • The mascot for the Olympics is named Miraitowa while the Paralympic mascot will be known as Someity
  • The two mascot designs were selected by elementary schoolchildren across Japan

TOKYO: The official mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled at a ceremony in downtown Tokyo on Sunday.
The mascot for the Olympics is named Miraitowa while the Paralympic mascot will be known as Someity.
Miraitowa is a combination of the Japanese words for future and eternity while Someity comes from a popular cherry blossom variety “Someiyoshino” and echoes the English phrase “so mighty.”
The two mascot designs were selected by elementary schoolchildren across Japan.
The selection process involving schoolchildren was introduced to get students enthusiastic about the games while also ensuring transparency.
Organizers say the pair of futuristic characters combine tradition and innovation. The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020.