The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards are set to take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on September 12th, with the live broadcast kicking off at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Notable honorees include Shakira, who will be receiving the Video Vanguard Award, and Sean “Diddy” Combs, who will be presented with the Global Icon Award. Both artists are slated to perform, marking their return to the VMA stage after a hiatus of over 15 years.
This year’s VMAs are putting a spotlight on hip-hop, with Nicki Minaj taking on the role of emcee and delivering a performance. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are set to showcase their latest single, “Bongos.” The lineup also features appearances by Lil Wayne and Metro Boomin, the latter joined by Future, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Swae Lee, and NAV.
A special 50th-anniversary tribute to hip-hop is scheduled, featuring iconic artists like LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Darryl “DMC” Daniels, and Doug E. Fresh in the show’s grand finale.
The VMAs this year cater to a diverse audience, including Latin music enthusiasts who can anticipate performances by Anitta, Karol G, Peso Pluma, and the already mentioned Shakira. Pop, rock, K-pop, and country fans can also look forward to captivating acts by Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo, Demi Lovato, Fall Out Boy, Måneskin, Stray Kids, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, and Kelsea Ballerini.
In a testament to the global reach of music, eight of the featured performers hail from outside the United States. This stands in contrast to the inaugural VMAs in 1984, which primarily showcased American and British artists.
The pre-show, hosted by Saweetie, will run for 90 minutes, featuring contributions from Nessa, Dometi Pongo, and Kevan Kenney. It will air live from 6:30 to 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, MTV2, CMT, and Logo.
Shakira’s recognition as the Video Vanguard Award recipient marks a historic moment, as she becomes the first South American artist to receive this accolade. Recent years have seen a dominance of women in this category, with Shakira following in the footsteps of Rihanna, P!nk, Jennifer Lopez, Missy Elliott, and Nicki Minaj.
Diddy, honored with the Global Icon Award, joins the ranks of Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers in receiving this prestigious recognition.
Taylor Swift leads the pack in the 2023 VMA nominations with an impressive 11 nods, with SZA following closely with eight. The social categories alone earned Swift three of her nominations.
Executive producers for the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards are Bruce Gillmer and Jesse Ignjatovic of Den of Thieves, alongside co-executive producer Barb Bialkowski. Alicia Portugal and Jackie Barba are in charge of production, with Wen