MTV VMAs noms include Hayley Kiyoko, Cardi B

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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The MTV VMAs announced its 2018 nominations which include big recognition for Cardi B and the Carters.

Cardi B received the most nominations (10) including for Video of the Year, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. The Carters (Beyonce and Jay-Z) followed close behind with eight nominations for their video  “Apeshit.” Childish Gambino and Drake earned seven nominations each, Bruno Mars received six and Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello came in at five nominations.

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Hayley Kiyoko and Kehlani fall in love in romantic ‘What I Need’ music video

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lesbian pop star Hayley Kiyoko and queer R&B singer Kehlani give into their feelings for each other during a road trip for the music video “What I Need.”

The video opens with Kehlani packing her bag and fighting with her aunt.

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Cardi B explains ‘Girls’ collaboration, apologizes to LGBTQ community

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cardi B explained her collaboration on the controversial song “Girls” and apologized to the LGBTQ community in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

“Girls,” which also features Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX, has come under fire for exploiting the LGBTQ community. Lesbian pop singer Hayley Kiyoko released a statement calling the song “tone deaf” which “does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community.”

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Hayley Kiyoko calls Rita Ora’s song ‘Girls’ ‘tone-deaf,’ ‘harmful’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hayley Kiyoko has called out Rita Ora’s new single “Girls” for exploiting the LGBTQ community.

“Girls,” which features Ora, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX and Cardi B, is a song about women having an attraction to other women.

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Taylor Swift supports Hayley Kiyoko’s comments on homophobia in the music industry

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Taylor Swift has defended lesbian pop singer Hayley Kiyoko’s comments about homophobia in the music industry after Swift fans felt Kiyoko was shading the “End Game” singer.

Speaking with Refinery29, Kiyoko, 26, remarked that industry insiders have questioned why she continues to sing about women. The singer explained she’s just singing about her experiences in the same way Swift does.

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