The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards are beginning to take form. The present will air dwell from Prudential Middle in Newark, N.J., on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Shakira and Sean “Diddy” Combs are slated to obtain the highest honorary awards: the Video Vanguard Award and the World Icon Award, respectively. Each artists may also carry out on the present for the primary time in additional than 15 years.
The VMAs’ host has but to be named, however MTV introduced Wednesday (Sept. 6) that Saweetie will host a 90-minute pre-show, with assists from Nessa, Dometi Pongo and Kevan Kenney. The pre-show airs dwell from 6:30 to eight p.m. ET/PT on MTV, MTV2, CMT and Brand.
MTV additionally introduced the primary wave of presenters for the primary present. Extra presenters and performers can be added to this record as they’re introduced.
Shakira will turn into the primary South American artist to obtain the Video Vanguard Award. Ladies have totally dominated this class lately. Shakira follows Rihanna (2016), P!nk (2017), Jennifer Lopez (2018), Missy Elliott (2019) and Nicki Minaj (2022). There was no recipient in 2020-21. The final man to win the award was Kanye West in 2015.
Diddy is third recipient of the World Icon Award, following Foo Fighters (2021) and Pink Scorching Chili Peppers (2022).
Diddy isn’t the one rapper who will carry out on this 12 months’s VMAs. Lil Wayne can also be on the invoice. And the present will embody (yet one more) fiftieth anniversary salute to hip-hop.
Six of the primary 11 artists introduced as performers on this 12 months’s predominant present are from outdoors the U.S., which dramatizes how the music scene has turn into extra international lately. Shakira and Karol G are each from Colombia; Stray Children and TOMORROW X TOGETHER are each from South Korea; Anitta is from Brazil; Måneskin is from Italy.
This can be a much more worldwide forged than the inaugural VMAs in 1984, the place there have been 5 American performers (Madonna, Huey Lewis & the Information, Tina Turner, ZZ High and Ray Parker Jr.) and two Brits (Rod Stewart and David Bowie, the latter represented by a pre-taped efficiency from London).
American artists acting on the primary present this 12 months are Demi Lovato, Diddy, Doja Cat, Kelsea Ballerini and Lil Wayne. The date of the present, Sept. 12, occurs to be Ballerini’s thirtieth birthday, which exhibits that the nation star is a trouper.
Taylor Swift leads the 2023 VMA nominations with 11 nods, counting three she obtained on Friday (Sept. 1) in social classes. She is adopted within the complete nominations rely by SZA (eight); BLACKPINK, Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo (six every); Kim Petras and Sam Smith (5 every); and Beyoncé, Diddy, Drake, Ice Spice, Karol G, Metro Boomin, Shakira and TOMORROW X TOGETHER (5 every).
Bruce Gillmer and Den of Thieves co-founder Jesse Ignjatovic are govt producers of the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards. Barb Bialkowski is co-executive producer. Alicia Portugal and Jackie Barba function executives in command of manufacturing. Wendy Plaut is govt in command of superstar expertise. Lisa Lauricella is music expertise govt.
Diddy (World Icon Award recipient)
Shakira (Video Vanguard Award recipient)
TOMORROW X TOGETHER
Performers: Prolonged Play Stage