Stand Up Stand N Rock: Native Americans nominated at MTV VMA’S in New Category

“The purpose of this video was to shine the light on this very important cause – pairing that with recognition from MTV is incredible,” said Spencer Battiest

“Stand Up/Stand N Rock NoDAPL” will be recognized at this year’s VMAS, as a nominee in the category “Best Fight Against the System.” A category that reflects the audience’s passion and activism around social justice issues

The song, which was recorded by Taboo of Black Eyed Peas and the “Magnificent Seven”; a group of Native American artist from different tribes. Serves as a powerful song serves as a statement of support to those who have embraced the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Native American actor Martin Sensmeire and actress/activist Shailene Woodley also make appearances in the nominated video.

Many Native American artists from various tribes, got together to create the song, which is meant to serve as a both a tool of awareness and anthem for the indigenous people across the country who have united in the effort to stop the DAPL.

Aside from the appearance of Sensmeire and Woodley; the video also feature real footage from the front lines at Standing Rock.

“The purpose of this video was to shine the light on this very important cause – pairing that with recognition from MTV is incredible,” said Spencer Battiest, Hard Rock Records alumnus, member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and one of the “Magnificent Seven.” “This song is the only one nominated without a record label, which I think is very powerful and special – and we’re proud to be doing our part to raise awareness for native issues.”

Fans can cast their vote now through August 27th at 3 p.m. as a means of supporting the Native American artists and spreading awareness of #NoDAPL and other indigenous resistance messages. The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 at 8 p.m. ET.
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