MTV VMAs 2023: Everything to Know About the Star-Studded Ceremony

It's time for the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards!

MTV VMAs 2023: Everything to Know About the Star-Studded Ceremony
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The annual ceremony will go down Tuesday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey with Nicki Minaj as the show's emcee.

This year's biggest music videos will be honored with Moon Person trophies, while a star-studded list of stars will take the stage for performances and more.

Keep reading for everything to know about the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Taylor Swift lead this year's nominations with 11, closely followed by SZA with eight, while Minaj, Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus, Olivia Rodrigo and BLACKPINK each tied with six.

The most heated competition comes in the video of the year category, which is a battle between Doja ("Attention"), Cyrus ("Flowers"), Minaj ("Super Freaky Girl"), Rodrigo ("Vampire"), Sam Smith and Kim Petras ("Unholy"), SZA ("Kill Bill") and Swift ("Anti-Hero").

Meanwhile, artist of the year will go to either Doja, Swift, Minaj, Shakira, Karol G or Beyoncé.

During the main show, performers will include Minaj, Rodrigo, Shakira, Doja, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Karol G, Demi Lovato, Kelsea Ballerini, Lil Wayne, Måneskin, Stray Kids, Tomorrow x Together with Anitta, Fall Out Boy, Peso Pluma and Metro Boomin with Future, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Swae Lee and NAV.

Additionally, Kaliii, Reneé Rapp and The Warning will perform on the VMAs' extended play stage throughout the ceremony. It was recently announced that Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion will debut their new single "Bongos" live, as well.

There will also be a special finale paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of hip hop featuring Darryl " DMC" McDaniels, Doug E. Fresh, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and LL Cool J.

The pre-show broadcast will feature performances from NLE Choppa and Sabrina Carpenter.

Minaj will return as this year's emcee, following her stint last year alongside Jack Harlow and LL Cool J.
This year, the 25-time VMA-nominated artist has six Moon Person nods to her name. She is up for best hip-hop, best visual effects and video of the year for “Super Freaky Girl,” best R&B for her collaboration with Yung Bleu, “Love in the Way,” song of summer for “Barbie World” with Ice Spice and even the top prize — artist of the year.
Shakira will be honored with this year's coveted video vanguard award. Additionally, she's nominated in four categories at the ceremony: artist of the year, best collaboration for "TQG" with Karol G as well as best latin for both "TQG" and "Acróstico."
"Shakira is a true global force who continues to inspire & influence the masses with her unique, musical prowess. She's a trailblazer for women around the world & one of the first artists to lead the globalization of Latin music," said Bruce Gilmer, Paramount's president of music, music talent, programming and events and Paramount+'s chief content officer for music, in a press statement.
"Her massive impact across the musical landscape will be long lasting as she continues to create and entertain at the highest level," continued Gilmer.
Diddy will be honored with the global icon award for the influence he’s reached as an artist on a global scale.
This year, the rapper's track “Creepin' (Remix)” with Metro Boomin, The Weeknd and 21 Savage is nominated for both best collaboration and best R&B. “Gotta Move On,” his track with Bryson Tiller, Ashanti and Yung Miami, is also nominated in the best collaboration category, as well as the best hip-hop.