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Nicki Minaj Takes On Double Duty as Emcee and Performer at 2023 MTV VMAs

The big show will air LIVE from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Tuesday, September 12 @ 8PM ET/PT on MTV.

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Nicki Minaj is making her way back to the VMAs next week!

The Hip-Hop queen is set for a triumphant return to the MTV stage, reprising her dual role as show emcee and performer at the 2023 MTV VMAs

For the second consecutive year, Minaj will announce the show’s star-studded lineup of performers, presenters and winners and will stun fans with a world premiere performance of her newest single, “Last Time I Saw You.” Minaj boasts an impressive 25 overall “VMAs” nominations, including 6 nods this year. She’s notably nominated once again for “Best Hip Hop,” a category she first won 12 years ago and another 3 times thereafter (2015, 2018, 2022). This year, her other 5 nominations include the sought after categories of “Video of the Year” and “Artist of the Year.”

For those who don’t remember, the 6x winner commanded the event as emcee, performer, winner of “Best Hip Hop,” plus recipient of the coveted Video Vanguard Award in 2022, which you can read all about here.

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 28: Nicki Minaj accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award onstage at the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for MTV/Paramount Global)

The big announcements adds Minaj to the ever-growing list of celebrities expected to be in attendance at the show on Tuesday, which includes previously announced performers Anitta, Demi Lovato, Doja Cat, Karol G, Kelsea Ballerini, Lil Wayne, Måneskin, Olivia Rodrigo, Shakira, Stray Kidsand TOMORROW X TOGETHER. Additionally, legendary mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs will accept the prestigious Global Icon Award and perform live for the first time since 2005, while Colombian superstar Shakira will receive MTV’s coveted Video Vanguard Award, presented by Toyota, and will perform live for the first time since 2006.

With the addition of social categories last week, Taylor Swift still leads the pack with eleven nominations, followed by SZA with eight, BLACKPINK, Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and Olivia Rodrigo with six, Kim Petras and Sam Smith with five, and Beyoncé, Diddy, Drake, Ice Spice, Karol G, Metro Boomin, Shakira and TOMORROW X TOGETHER with four. You can view a full list of nominees here.

Airing LIVE from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, you can watch the 2023 MTV VMAs at 8PM ET/PT on MTV.

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, watching sports and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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