The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will invite active duty transgender military members to its worldwide event on Sunday night, CNN reported. The music-oriented television network has reportedly reached out to the military, and requested some of its members to participate.

Transgender members of the United States military service have become hot button issues in the past couple of weeks, after President Donald Trump tweeted the reinstatement of banning such members to serve in the U.S. military. However, MTV wished to have them on the show and witness the momentous awards ceremonies.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Haverstick, a spokesperson for the Pentagon told CNN that the request is still being reviewed by the defense department.

According to the report, army members who are in active duty are prohibited from attending high-profile events of national interest, particularly those that are related in politics. Past MTV awards shows have featured artists who sent out some political statements.

MTV heroes

MTV president Chris McCarthy told CNN that they would be honored if these military members could grant their request. McCarthy said, “A patriot who is sacrificing his or her own life to fight for freedom and supports equality is an MTV hero, as well as to the young people anywhere.”

There are no confirmation and updates yet as to whether these transgender military members would receive honorary awards or recognition during the event. The MTV VMAs is an annual gathering of music icons, and pays tribute to the best performances in the industry.

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Awards, tributes and recognition

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards show is expected to recognize musical artists for their craft, their contribution and their success this year. It has been earlier reported that Pink is slated to receive the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.”

This award has previously been given to musical icons such as The Beatles, Guns ‘N Roses, Madonna, Beyonce and Rihanna. The “Raise Your Glass” singer will also be performing during the event.

Furthermore, nominated artists for the “Video of the Year” category include Bruno Mars for “24K Magic,” Alessia Cara for “Scars To Your Beautiful,” DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller for “Wild Thoughts,” and The Weeknd for “Reminder.” Artist Kendrick Lamar has led the nomination table, earning a total of eight nods.

He has been nominated for “Artist of the Year,” “Video of the Year,” “Best Cinematography,” and “Best Hip Hop,” among other categories. The 2017 MTV VMAs will be aired live from The Forum in Inglewood, California on August 27.