It’s been over a decade since Lil Wayne last performed at the MTV VMAs, however, the drought will finally be broken as he’s confirmed to make the television debut of his new single “Kat Food” at the 2023 MTV VMAs.
The 5x GRAMMY Award-winning and multi-platinum global music icon — who has also been nominated for 14 moon person awards throughout his career — will once again compete in the “Best Hip-Hop” category this year, which he first won back in 2008.
In addition to Lil Wayne, MTV revealed that Anitta, Doja Cat, Kelsea Ballerini, and TOMORROW X TOGETHER are joining the ever-growing roster of global superstars slated to perform at the big show, which features previously announced Demi Lovato, Karol G, Måneskin, and Stray Kids along with Video Vanguard Award recipient Shakira.
According to the network, the Brazilian superstar will perform a medley of hits from her latest release Funk Generation: A Favela Love Story; Doja Cat is set to make her MTV return following her memorable hosting and mesmerizing gravity-defying performance of “Been Like This” and “You Right” in 2021, where she also took home two awards including “Best Collaboration;” Kelsea Ballerini is slated for a show-stopping “VMAs” debut performance, treating fans to a world premiere performance off the expanded version of her latest deeply personal, critically-acclaimed EP Rolling Up The Welcome Mat (For Good); and TOMORROW X TOGETHER (“TXT”) will premiere a brand new single and make history with their “VMAs” debut as the first K-Pop band to cross-genre for an international performance with Brazilian superstar and global sensation Anitta.
Earlier this month, the network announced its star-studded nominees, with Taylor Swift leading the pack with eight nominations, followed by SZA with six. Doja Cat, Kim Petras, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo and Sam Smithare also big nominees, as they are up for five Moon Person awards each, with BLACKPINK, Diddy and Shakira for four. You can view the full list here, with nominations for social categories “Group of the Year” and “Song of Summer” to be announced soon.
The 2023 MTV VMAs will air LIVE from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Tuesday, September 12 @ 8PM ET/PT on MTV.
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