Lady Gaga's gay anthem Born This Way
on Sunday won best video with a message during MTV's Video Music
Born This Way won the category's
first-ever Moonman statue during a pre-show event.
The new category is devoted to videos
with a social conscience. Before the winner was announced, Lady Gaga
told MTV News that it was an “absolute honor” to be nominated.
“During the past year, we've seen a
remarkable number of artists use their music to explore deeply
personal experiences and issues they were passionate about to create
powerful videos that resonate with and inspire millions of their
fans,” MTV President Stephen Friedman said in a statement about the
Also nominated were Rise Against's Make
It Stop (September's Children), Taylor Swift's Mean,
Eminem's Love The Way You Lie, Katy Perry's Firework,
and Pink's Fuckin' Perfect.
Make It Stop (September's Children)
has become the It Gets Better Project's official music video. In it,
three kids decide to stick around after being bullied in school. At
the end of the video, It Gets Better founder Dan Savage says, “Life
(Born This Way video is embedded
in the right panel of this page.)