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Controversies around BLACKPINK’s rare appearance at the VMAs 2022 

BLACKPINK is performing “PINK VENOM” at the VMAs 2022, marking their return from a 2-year absence. 

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BLACKPINK is caught in a controversy for their rare attendance at an award show. (Image: YG Entertainment) 

According to the announcement from YG Entertainment, BLACKPINK is performing “PINK VENOM” at the VMAs 2022 to be held in Newark, New Jersey, US. This makes fans overjoyed to finally see their idols’ rare appearances in an award ceremony. 

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BLACKPINK will perform “PINK VENOM” at the VMAs 2022. (Image: YG Entertainment) 

However, while the award ceremony has yet to take place, BLACKPINK is involved in a controversy. On the night of August 22nd, the 2022 VMAs organizers announced the nominees for the “Group of The Year” Award where BLACKPINK was nominated alongside BTS, City Girls, Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Måneskin, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Silk Sonic. Meanwhile, Coldpay and their 9th studio album was not included. 

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BLACKPINK was nominated for “Group of The Year” category when they did not release a work in the given timeline. (Image: VMAs) 
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Coldplay has impressive achievements but was not nominated. (Image: Pinterest) 

Noticeably, from July 2021 to June 2022, the period of work to be eligible for nomination at the VMAs, BLACKPINK did not release any official music products or music videos. Furthermore, the organizers also posted a Tweet with the caption: “@BLACKPINK will make history twice in one night at this year’s #VMAs”. 

The vague caption from the VMAs.
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BLACKPINK was caught in another controversy. (Image: YG Entertainment) 

While some fans are arguing about BLACKPINK’s legitimacy at the VMAs 2022, others believe this may be a way the VMAs used to attract attention. They recall the VMAs’ lack of professionalism. 

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Fans speculated that BLACKPINK may be used as a channel to attract more attention to the VMAs. (Image: YG Entertainment) 
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BLACKPINK’s return gained a lot of support. (Image: YouTube BLACKPINK) 
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Consistent viewership that led to another record-breaking MV. (Image: YG Entertainment) 
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BLACKPINK is releasing the full album “BORN PINK” in September 2022. (Image: YG Entertainment) 
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The group has only done a few promotional activities for the new song. (Image: YouTube BLACKPINK)
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Fans are waiting for BLACKPINK’s return at the VMAs. (Image: Pinterest) 

Apart from their nomination for “Best Group of The Year”, BLACKPINK was also nominated in “Best Metaverse Performance”. Lisa was also nominated for “Best K-pop” as a solo artist. 

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