Nicki Minaj is gearing up for a grand return to the stage as both host and performer at the upcoming 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, set to take place on Tuesday, September 12th at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. This year’s event promises to celebrate music icons and emerging talents in the industry.
In the previous year, Nicki Minaj received the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, an honor that recognizes outstanding achievements in music and film. Notably, she not only received the award but also delivered a memorable performance featuring a medley of her chart-topping hits, including “Super Bass,” “Anaconda,” and “Super Freaky Girl.” This year, the excitement is building around Minaj’s world premiere performance of her latest hit, “Last Time I Saw You.”
In addition to her role as a performer, the Queen rapper will also take the reins as the host of the award show, marking her second time in this position—a rare occurrence that hasn’t happened since Russell Brand hosted back-to-back in 2008-09.
Nicki Minaj boasts an impressive track record at the VMAs, with six victories in the Best Hip Hop category. Her winning streak began in 2011 with “Super Bass” and continued with wins for “Anaconda” in 2015, “Chun-Li” in 2018, and “Do We Have a Problem” in 2022. Challenging her reign, Drake follows closely with three accolades in the same category.
This year, the stakes are high as Minaj competes for her fifth Best Hip Hop win with “Super Freaky Girl.” She’s also in contention for Video of the Year, Best Visual Effects, Artist of the Year, Song of the Summer with “Barbie World,” and Best R&B for “Love In The Way.”
Recently, on September 6th, Minaj extended her congratulations to Lil Wayne for receiving the BMI Icon Award. She expressed her appreciation for his contributions to the rap culture and acknowledged his inspiring words that have driven her to excel in her career. Minaj hailed Lil Wayne as a genius and a leader in the industry.