Adam Levine Blasts MTV Over Mistaken Childish Gambino VMAs Snub

By Paris Close

August 4, 2018

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You know what they say about making assumptions. Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine became somewhat of a laughing stock after calling out MTV's 2018 Video Music Awards nominations for what he believed was a critical snub.

“This year, Childish Gambino released one of the most impactful, thought provoking, and intelligent videos ever made,” the 39-year-old wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post on Friday (August 3). “I’m sure he doesn’t care that he wasn’t nominated for a VMA because he’s cool as f**k and everything. But I care. Because I’m NOT that cool. And I still want MTV to mean something again. But it won’t. Ever. K bye.”

Here's the thing, though: Gambino was up for an award this year. And not just one, but seven, all of which for the emcee's politically-charged visualization, including Best Video With a Message, Best Direction, and Best Choreography. Finally realizing his blunder, the "Sugar" crooner fessed up to the mistake and issued a public apology to the network via Twitter.

“S**t. I don’t usually put my foot in my mouth. But this time, I did,” he admitted. “’This is America’ actually was nominated for video of the year. I stand corrected. Bad Intell. So I guess MTV doesn’t suck quite as badly as I had originally thought.”

Showing there's no ill will, MTV responded to Levine's apologetic tweet via the Video Music Awards Twitter profile, writing back: "Hey Adam, don’t hate us we ❤️ you! And if you’re as big a fan of @donaldglover as we are, you should go vote for him at!"

Levine's band, Maroon 5, is also nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 2018 VMAs, airing on MTV Monday, August 20, at 9 p.m. ET.

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