Nicki Minaj is ready to reprise her twin function from final yr as emcee and performer for 2023 MTV Video Music Awards. The VMAs will air dwell from Prudential Heart in Newark, N.J. on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Final yr, Minaj emceed the present with LL Cool J and Jack Harlow. She additionally carried out a nine-song medley keyed to her receiving the Video Vanguard Award. This yr, she’s flying solo as emcee and is performing her new single, “Last Time I Saw You.”
MTV’s announcement of Minaj’s reserving by no means as soon as mentions the h-word – host. It as an alternative refers to her because the “emcee” a number of occasions. However it certain makes it sound like she’s internet hosting: “Minaj will announce the show’s star-studded lineup of performers, presenters and winners.”
This marks the primary time somebody has fronted the present two years working since comic Russell Model did the honors in 2008-09.
Final yr, along with serving as emcee and performer, Minaj received greatest hip-hop and acquired the Video Vanguard Award, which this yr is ready to go to Shakira.
Minaj has received six VMAs from 25 nominations. She has six nominations this yr – artist of the yr; video of the yr, greatest hip-hop and greatest visible results, all for “Super Freaky Girl”; greatest R&B for “Love in the Way”; and music of summer season for “Barbie World” (a collab with Ice Spice that options Aqua).
Minaj has received greatest hip-hop 4 occasions, greater than anybody else within the present’s historical past. (Drake is in second place with three wins.) She received for “Super Bass” (2011), “Anaconda” (2015), “Chun-Li” (2018) and “Do We Have a Problem,” a collab with Lil Child (2022).
Minaj has additionally received twice in different classes. She received greatest feminine video in 2012 for “Starships” and greatest energy anthem in 2019 for Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer” (on which she was featured, together with Ty Dolla Signal).
It’s exhausting to think about, however Minaj was booked on the VMAs’ pre-show in 2010. She teamed with will.i.am to carry out “Your Love” and “Check It Out.” She graduated to the primary telecast in 2012, delivering an sudden rap verse on Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire.” In 2014, she staged a trifecta, first taking followers to the Amazonian jungle with “Anaconda,” then teaming up with Ariana Grande and Jessie J for “Bang Bang,” and at last providing “She Came to Give It to U” with Usher.
In 2015, Minaj’s efficiency once more fashioned a trio of songs, beginning with “Trini Dem Girls,” earlier than bringing Taylor Swift on stage for “The Night Is Still Young” and “Bad Blood.” She reunited with Grande in 2016 for “Side to Side,” and shared the stage with host Katy Perry in 2017 for a efficiency of “Swish Swish.”
Her 2018 efficiency featured a rap medley from her album Queen, that includes “Majesty,” “Ganga Burn,” “FEFE” and “Barbie Dreams.”
With the addition of social classes, Taylor Swift leads all nominees for the 2023 VMAs with 11 nods, adopted by SZA (eight); BLACKPINK, Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Rodrigo (six every); Kim Petras and Sam Smith (5 every); and Beyoncé, Diddy, Drake, Ice Spice, Karol G, Metro Boomin, Shakira and TOMORROW X TOGETHER (4 every).
Normal fan voting is now closed; voting stays open for social classes and greatest new artist.
Bruce Gillmer and Den of Thieves co-founder Jesse Ignjatovic are government producers of the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards. Barb Bialkowski is co-executive producer. Alicia Portugal and Jackie Barba function executives accountable for manufacturing. Wendy Plaut is government accountable for movie star expertise. Lisa Lauricella is music expertise government.