The MTV Video Music Awards return Tuesday evening, and for the primary time, solely ladies are nominated within the present’s artist of the 12 months class. Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj, Karol G and Shakira are contending for the evening’s high prize.
The VMAs, which takes place on the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey — simply exterior of New York City — will probably be hosted by Minaj. Last 12 months, she emceed alongside Lil Wayne and Jack Harlow; this 12 months, she’s solo.
The present may also have fun 50 years of hip-hop with a star-studded, multi-generational finale efficiency: DMC, Doug E. Fresh, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, LL Cool J and Minaj will be a part of forces.
The VMAs kick off at 8 p.m. EDT/PDT on Tuesday and can air on MTV and simulcast on BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TVLand and VH1. The present may also air in Spanish on UniMás.
Swift leads the nominations with eight — seven for her “Anti-Hero” music video and a nod within the artist of the 12 months class — adopted by SZA, who has six. Swift at present has 14 VMAs to her identify, inserting her behind Beyoncé, who has 28 (together with two with Destiny’s Child), Madonna, who has 20 awards, and Lady Gaga, who has 19.
This 12 months encompasses a report variety of first-time nominees at 35: together with Kim Petras, Metro Boomin’ and Rema, who boast three noms apiece. Reneé Rapp, Aespa, Burna Boy, Davido, Eslabon Armado, FIFTY FIFTY, PinkPantheress, Saucy Santana, Stephen Sanchez and Toosii are additionally nominated for the primary time.
Shakira will obtain the Video Vanguard Award and can be anticipated to carry out. Previous recipients embrace Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, and Missy Elliott.
Diddy will obtain the Global Icon Award and carry out on the VMAs for the primary time since 2005. He will change into the third recipient of the award, following the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2022 and the Foo Fighters in 2021.
Other scheduled performers embrace Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion (performing their new collaboration, “Bongos”), Anitta, Demi Lovato, Fall Out Boy, Peso Pluma, Doja Cat, Karol G, Kelsea Ballerini, Måneskin, Olivia Rodrigo, Stray Kids, Tomorrow X Together and extra.