M.I.A slams the MTV Video Music Awards for 'racism' and 'sexism' on Twitter

M.I.A. has slammed the MTV Video Music Awards as "racist" after her music video for Borders missed out on a nomination.

The British singer, whose real name is Mathangi Arulpragasam, lashed out on Thursday in a series of posts on Twitter.

Singer M.I.A. poses for photographs in 2009 (Matt Sayles/AP)
Singer M.I.A. poses for photographs in 2009 (Matt Sayles/AP)

She tweeted: "MIA - Borders is not included in the VMAs #hahahahhaahahhaha!! Racism sexism classism elitism #dontwantyourlane!"

MIA ended her diatribe by insisting: "#F-ktheVMAs. We don't need their recognition!"

The hard-hitting video, directed by M.I.A., shows refugees trying to climb up a huge fence. They are then depicted on the sea in a boat.

Last year, Nicki Minaj also hit out at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Twitter after the video for Feeling Myself, featuring Beyonce, did not receive a nomination.

She also appeared to throw some shade in the direction of video choices.

This year, Adele will go head-to-head with Beyonce at the VMAs as the singers battle it out for the top prizes.

The British singer received a video of the year nomination for her smash-hit single Hello, while Beyonce was nominated for her Black Lives Matter-themed video Formation.

The women will compete against Drake's video Hotline Bling, Justin Bieber's Sorry and Kayne West's controversial video Famous, which features nude waxworks of himself, his wife Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift.

Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the MTV VMAs 2015
Kanye and Taylor at the VMAs in 2015 (Matt Sayles/AP)

Adele and Beyonce received the most nominations over all, with Adele picking up eight and Beyonce 11.

The MTV VMAs will take place on August 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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