May 8, 2017


For the past 25 years, MTV has produced the MTV Movie Awards. For the first time in its history, last night's event featured television as well. (Thus, the MTV Movie & TELEVISION Awards). But that change seems itsy-bitsy when you look at all the changes the ratings-sucking network actually made in an attempt to embrace and merge with the post-Millennials generation (Generation Z): They want their MTZ!

A little about Generation Z. Far more accepting and open about gender identity and sexual orientation than all of the fuddy duddies before it, this new generation has coined terms such as "Queer" (again), Non-Binary (meaning someone who doesn't use specific gender pronouns such as "he" or "she" but rather singular "they"), and "fluid sexuality" (which means one's sexual orientation can change over a course of a lifetime, years, months, days or in the blink of an eye). They want to make the world a better place, they are early starters who don't believe college is a necessity, and they can multi-task like we've never seen before!

As of last night, MTV is welcoming this generation and its beliefs with open, non-gender-specific arms. Take a look at last night's telecast:  all gender-specific categories were "merged" into one category for both female and male actors; the first presenter of the night was "Billions" star Asia Kate Dillon, who is the first non-binary actor to play a non-binary character on TV; "Best Kiss" went to Jharrel Jerome & Ashton Sanders (the male co-stars of Oscar-winner "Moonlight"), who beat out Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling, Emma Watson & Dan Stevens, Taraji P Henson & Terrence Howard, and Zac Efron & Anna Kendrick; Rupaul's "Drag Race" beat out "America's Got Talent," "Master Chef," "The Bachelor" AND ratings beast "The Voice" for Best Reality Competition.

And as far as that "early starters" thing goes: the night's winners included "Stranger Things'" Millie Bobby Brown (age 13), who won Best Actor in a Show (beating out Emilia Clarke (30), Gina Rodriguez (32), Donald Glover (33), Mandy Moore (33) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (51); "Logan's" Dafne Keen (age 12), and Lonnie Chavis, who plays young Randall on "This is Us" (age 9).

"Beauty & The Beast" (which faced targeted protests after it was announced that one of the characters in the live action remake was gay, went on to gross more than $1 billion to date) won movie of the year and Netflix's "Stranger Things" took home the first show of the year award.

Lastly, the vast majority of winners were women and/or people of color or casts featuring women and/or people of color. Take that GRAMMY Awards & Oscars! Kudos MTV for trying to become relevant once again!

But MTV: you and Adam Devine need to learn a thing or two from the Tony Awards and Neil Patrick Harris about how to pull off an opening number. Last night was much more Beast with little Beauty. Check it out below:

MTV Movie & TV Awards Opening Number (click here)

Complete Winners List (click here)