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Social media sensation JoJo Siwa was nominated for a Youngsters’ Alternative Award this yr and has been a key member of the Nickelodeon household since 2017.
So why wasn’t she invited to the 2022 Youngsters’ Alternative Awards?
On Saturday, Siwa revealed via TikTok that she didn’t obtain a ticket to the Nickelodeon awards present after followers observed her absence from Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar airport and occasion venue.
“A variety of you might have been asking me why I’m not on the Nickelodeon Youngsters’ Alternative Awards tonight, and the reply could be very easy: I wasn’t invited,” Siwa defined in a brief video.
“I’m unsure why. However I simply didn’t get an invitation.”
Although the 18-year-old recording artist hasn’t personally speculated about why she was excluded from the ceremony, followers have posited some theories — which Siwa has retweeted. Siwa was nominated for favourite social music star on the 2022 Youngsters’ Alternative Awards.
“The one yr that @itsjojosiwa didn’t get invited to the children alternative awards is when she comes out and cuts her hair??????” one individual wrote in a tweet reposted by Siwa. “Sus @nickelodeon.”
“Obsessive about the teenage woman celebrities who don’t take s— from their community of employment and refuse to be something however themselves,” learn another tweet shared by Siwa. “Being linked to a youngsters channel shouldn’t imply you must cease being your self. @itsjojosiwa and @oliviarodrigo y’all are my hero’s.”
(Teen pop phenom Olivia Rodrigo — who bought her begin on Disney Channel and now stars in Disney+’s “Excessive Faculty Musical: The Musical: The Sequence” — received the Youngsters’ Alternative Awards for breakout artist and feminine TV star.)
Nickelodeon didn’t instantly reply Monday to The Instances’ request for remark.
As famous by Siwa’s supporters, the 2022 Youngsters’ Alternative Awards aired on Nickelodeon after the “J Group” star got here ahead as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in January 2021. She later recognized as pansexual in an April 2021 People magazine profile, including that she tends to seek advice from herself as “homosexual as a result of it simply sort of covers it or queer as a result of I feel the key phrase is cool.”
In August, Siwa made historical past as half of the primary same-sex pairing on “Dancing With the Stars.” And simply days in the past, the “Boomerang” singer traded her signature blond ponytail for a pixie reduce.
In current months, Siwa has used her platform to encourage LGBTQ+ youngsters by speaking openly about her sexuality in interviews, waving the Satisfaction flag and rocking rainbow costumes on her D.R.E.A.M. live performance tour.
“I’ve by no means gotten this a lot assist from the world,” she advised Individuals final yr.
“I feel that is the primary time that I’ve felt so personally comfortable. … Performing has at all times made me tremendous comfortable. … I’m so proud to be me.”
Uproar over Siwa’s obtrusive exclusion from this yr’s Youngsters’ Alternative Awards comes a couple of month after “West Facet Story” star Rachel Zegler equally revealed she was not invited to the 2022 Academy Awards — regardless of enjoying the feminine lead in a greatest image nominee.
Following a wave of shock and outrage, the movie academy ultimately invited Zegler to attend the Oscars as a presenter.
On Sunday, Siwa posted an Instagram slideshow modeling her newly chopped hairdo with the caption “At this time is a GOOD day (particularly in comparison with yesterday).”
See extra reactions to Siwa’s TikTok video under.