MTV Says "Despacito" Video Wasn't Submitted to the VMAs

Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi in a screengrab from the video for

MTV says the uber-popular video for "Despacito" didn't earn a nomination at its Video Music Awards because it wasn't submitted for consideration, but Universal Music Latin Entertainment says MTV didn't ask the label to submit the video until last week - two weeks after the network announced its nominees.

Despacito's glaring omission from the list of nominations has now been clarified by MTV, who confirmed in a statement yesterday that the video 'wasn't submitted for consideration'. How it all happened was just like a lightning-speed decision from MTV as the music video did not even have a turn to show up on MTV or MTV2.

Despite breaking records, the video for "Despacito" has been shut out of the VMAs in 2017.

Since her debut in 2000, P!nk has released six studio albums, 1 greatest hits album, sold over 42 million albums, over 75 million singles, over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide and has had 15 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (four at No.1). - Reuters picMTV announced the news on August 15 two weeks ahead of the awards and said the multi-Grammy award victor was being recognised for her impact on music, pop culture and fashion. When asked by the news outlet on why it's not played on any of main channels, MTV did not provide an explanation. The song has become the most streamed track of all time and is spending its 14th week at No. 1.

The reggaeton-pop song composed by the collaboration of Luis Fonsi, Erika Ender and Daddy Yankee is now the most successful single of Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

"Awards are very important but what bigger award [there is] than having the most watched video in the world in history? It doesn't really get any bigger than that", Fonsi smiled.

The 2017 VMAs, hosted by Katy Perry, will air live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA on August 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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