Nicki Minaj will perform and serve as emcee at MTV’s 2023 Video Music Awards, taking place Tuesday.
Minaj, who is nominated for six VMAs this year, will perform her new single “Last Time I Saw You” as well as announce this year’s performers, presenters and winners.
Last year, she was one of three emcees, along with LL Cool J and Jack Harlow, and received the Video Vanguard Award.
She joins a list of previously announced performers that also includes Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Wayne, Doja Cat, Kelsea Ballerini, Anitta, Tomorrow X Together, Demi Lovato, Karol G, Måneskin and Stray Kids.
Rodrigo is up for six VMAs this year, including video of the year. Her performance will come following Friday’s release of Guts, her sophomore album. Rodrigo previously performed her hit song “good 4 u” at the 2021 VMAs, where she also was named best new artist and push artist and also won song of the year.
For Lil Wayne, this will mark his first performance at the VMAs for the first time in more than a decade. He will perform his new single “Kat Food,” which drops Friday, live for the first time. He also is a nominee this year, competing in the category of best hip-hop, which he won in 2008.
Doja Cat returns to the VMA stage after hosting and performing “Been Like This” and “You Right” in 2021. She’s also up for five VMAs, including video of the year and artist of the year.
Ballerini will give a world premiere performance off the expanded version of her EP Rolling Up the Welcome Mat (for Good). This will mark her first VMA performance.
Anitta will perform a medley of hits from her latest release, Funk Generation: A Favela Love Story. She made her VMA debut last year, where she also became the first Brazilian to take home a Moon Person trophy. Anitta is aiming for a repeat win in the best Latin category this year.
Tomorrow X Together (TXT) will hit the stage with Anitta to debut a new single. The group is also up for best K-pop and push performance of the year.
Also as previously announced, Shakira will receive the Video Vanguard Award and perform at the show.
Taylor Swift leads the nominees with a total of 11 mentions, followed by SZA with eight; Blackpink, Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Olivia Rodrigo with six; Kim Petras and Sam Smith (5 each), Beyoncé, Diddy, Drake, Ice Spice, Karol G, Metro Boomin, Shakira and TOMORROW X TOGETHER (4 each).
The 2023 VMAs will air live from New Jersey’s Prudential Center at 8 p.m. ET (delayed PT) on Tuesday. Awards are voted on by fans.
The show is executive produced by Bruce Gillmer and Den of Thieves co-founder Jesse Ignjatovic, with Barb Bialkowski serving as co-executive producer. Alicia Portugal and Jackie Barba are the executives in charge of production. Wendy Plaut is the executive in charge of celebrity talent, and Lisa Lauricella is the music talent executive.
Sept. 7, 9:20 a.m.: Added news of Rodrigo’s performance.
Sept. 8, 6 a.m.: Added Minaj emceeing and performing.
This story was originally published on Aug. 31 at 1:13 p.m.
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