July 13, 2024
VMAs 2023 stay updates: Who’s performing tonight, the right way to watch and extra

I like that the VMAs say they’re “music’s most iconic evening.” Not an important, however undoubtedly essentially the most iconic.

HBD Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini is celebrating her birthday on the VMAs this 12 months. The nation singer stated she’s celebrating her thirtieth on the awards present.

“I’m overstimulated in each method,” she stated throughout the pre-show carpet interview. “However you recognize, pay attention, simply to have the ability to carry out on an all-genre present like this and signify nation music hopefully nicely.”

She stated she’s excited to be on the present along with her boyfriend Chase Stokes and her mother.

“I really feel prefer it’s been such an enormous 12 months in my private life, and my profession, and I really feel actually joyful to have the ability to simply current that tonight on this present.”

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Kelsea Ballerini attends the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday in Newark, N.J.Jason Kempin / Getty Photographs

Artists share love for Shakira and the illustration she gave us

Tonight’s proving that artists are followers identical to us.

Throughout the carpet pre-show, Karol G and Anitta expressed form phrases for Shakira, whose Latin illustration meant a lot for to them.

Karol G, a fellow Colombian, is nominated with Shakira for the Finest Latin award whereas Anitta is competing towards them each.

“I assume Shakira for us was a giant, massive affect … to make us imagine that it is attainable being a Latina and getting right here and exhibiting our tradition and every part,” Anitta stated throughout the pre-show.

Personally, because the daughter to Lebanese immigrants, Shakira means rather a lot to me too. My dad and mom at all times pointed to her half-Lebanese heritage for an instance for us in mainstream media.

Shakira teases her 10-minute efficiency tonight

Throughout her pre-show interview, Shakira teased her efficiency that may embody her decades-long profession.

“I believe it is a fairly dynamic efficiency, I hope it isn’t too lengthy,” she stated.

The Colombian pop star additionally shared her expertise envisioning and creating her larger-than-life music movies.

“Movies are a solution to categorical no matter I could not end expressing with my lyrics. Visuals are so highly effective,” she stated.

Shakira may fear the efficiency will likely be too lengthy, however I believe we’ll all adore it an excessive amount of to consider the length.

Image: Shakira attends the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on Sept. 12, 2023 in Newark, N.J.
Shakira attends the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday in Newark, N.J.Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Photographs

Tiffany Haddish talks about her new single

Tiffany Haddish promoted her track, “Until The Membership Closes” (with Lil Jon & Fivio Overseas) throughout her VMAs carpet look.

“I have been taking my financial savings and placing into the issues I like,” she stated. “‘I have been creating all this actually nice music.”

She joked that the final time she partied till the membership closed was 4 days in the past, when she * perhaps * took a nap within the membership. 

I might do the identical.

Image: Tiffany Haddish attends the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on Sept. 12, 2023 in Newark, N.J.
Tiffany Haddish attends the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday in Newark, N.J.Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Photographs

Even these strolling the carpet appear VMAs nostalgic

Is it us or does it really feel like everybody doing interviews on the carpet appear excited to be on the VMAs as a result of they grew up watching it?

Tomorrow X Collectively wins first award of the evening

Tomorrow X Collectively is the primary to obtain a VMA tonight, successful Push efficiency of the 12 months for its track “Sugar Rush Experience.”

It is the South Korean boy band’s first ever VMA win.

“Tonight is an evening we’ll bear in mind endlessly, thanks VMAs,” Huening Kai stated.

The group will debut their new track “Again for Extra” with Anitta later.

Image: Yeonjun, HueningKai, Beomgyu, Taehyun and Soobin of Tomorrow X Together attends the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on Sept. 12, 2023 in Newark, N.J.
Yeonjun, HueningKai, Beomgyu, Taehyun and Soobin of Tomorrow X Collectively attends the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday in Newark, N.J.Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Photographs

Cardi B gushes over Megan Thee Stallion

Throughout a pre-show interview, Cardi B stated “hip-hop is every part” to her.

She gave a shout out to her hometown of the Bronx, the birthplace of the style.

Tonight, there will likely be a celebratory efficiency commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of hip hop.

Cardi B additionally shared her appreciation for “Bongos” collaborator Megan Thee Stallion.

“We work so nice collectively. She’s hardworking, I am hardworking … she trusts me and I belief her,” she stated of their friendship.

The 2 rappers are additionally anticipated to carry out their new single tonight. 

Image: Cardi B attends the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on Sept. 12, 2023 in Newark, N.J.
Cardi B attends the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday in Newark, N.J.Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Photographs

Is tonight going to be a nostalgia fest?

It already feels just like the VMAs are leaning into (and presumably counting on?) nostalgia by previewing this hip-hop tribute and having Nelly carry out alongside NLE Choppa.

The inspo behind Saweetie’s outfit

Saweetie says her pink look, that includes a bone (?), is “recent off the runway.” The inspiration is “caveman days” or “style when it first began.

She form of appears just like the yassification of “The Flintstones” and we’re right here for it.

Image: Saweetie arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12, 2023, at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Saweetie arrives on the MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday in Newark, N.J. Evan Agostini / Invision / AP

Nelly performs at pre-show

Not us gasping at Nelly performing “Scorching In Herre.” This millennial is feeling nostalgic.

Megan Thee Stallion stuns forward of her VMAs efficiency

Megan Thee Stallion is bringing sizzling woman vitality in a customized Brandon Blackwood corset costume on the VMAs crimson carpet.

The rapper will likely be performing her new single “Bongos” that includes Cardi B later tonight.

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Megan Thee Stallion attends the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday in Newark, N.J.Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Photographs

MTV’s pre-show has kicked off

The pre-show has formally begun!

Hosted by Saweetie, the pre-show will truly reveal the evening’s first massive winners along with interviews as stars start to reach on the pink carpet.

*NSYNC reunion? It is all we have ever wished.

Beloved boy band *NSYNC is rumored to be reuniting on the VMAs.

Followers are satisfied that the group is dropping a brand new track for the third installment of the “Trolls” franchise, and may very well be headed to the MTV awards present to market it.

Justin Timberlake, the band’s frontrunner, has voiced Department within the movies. The movie’s trailer teased a storyline a couple of boy band referred to as “Brozone” getting again collectively.

(“Trolls Band Collectively” is distributed by Common Photos and and DreamWorks Animation. NBC Information and Common Photos are each owned by NBCUniversal).

We hope they do not tear up our hearts and that this rumor is true.

Karol G is sporting the comfy stylish look

Karol G confirmed as much as the pink carpet with pink hair and an outfit I am extraordinarily jealous of.

Karol, who’s nominated for the Finest Latin class tonight, confirmed up with a sheer robe and matching coat that truthfully appears actually comfy. The Colombian celebrity simply completely kills on this look.

Though she’s competing towards Dangerous Bunny and her collaborated Shakira, Karol G is an actual contender for tonight. Earlier this summer season she broke a “TODAY” file by drawing greater than 15,000 individuals to the plaza for the Citi Live performance Collection.

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Colombian singer Karol G arrives for the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J., on Tuesday. Angela Weiss / AFP – Getty Photographs

Olivia Rodrigo sparkles on the VMAs carpet

Olivia Rodrigo turned heads on the pink carpet along with her sparkly outfit.

The pop star has made a whole lot of headlines recently with the discharge of her sophomore album, “Guts,” and fan hypothesis surrounding who lyrics from a number of the songs are about.

Many on-line proceed to take a position that the “Driver’s License” singer has a feud with Taylor Swift. The prolific feminine artists are up for a number of of the identical classes this 12 months — at a time when followers of each artists are relentlessly fanning the speculative flames.

Image:  Olivia Rodrigo attends the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at the at Prudential Center on Sept. 12, 2023 in Newark, N.J.
Olivia Rodrigo attends the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday in Newark, N.J.Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Photographs

In 2021, Rodrigo raved about assembly Swift in particular person. Swift additionally despatched Rodrigo a particular present. However after the discharge of her first album “Bitter,” followers sensed a vibe shift. Rodrigo ended up giving Swift and Jack Antonoff co-writing credit on her songs “1 Step Ahead, 3 Steps Again” and “Deja Vu,” which Rodrigo stated she took inspiration from Swift’s “New 12 months’s Day” and “Merciless Summer time,” respectively.

Since that first album’s launch, Rodrigo has appeared to precise much less public adoration for Swift in social media posts.

In June, Rodrigo’s single “Vampire” prompted some to theorize that the track was impressed by Swift and the music trade. When requested about it by The Guardian, Rodrigo stated she was “shocked” individuals thought it was about Swift.

In an interview with Rolling Stone printed right this moment, Rodrigo lastly addressed the rumors straight. “I don’t have beef with anybody. I’m very chill. I maintain to myself.”

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is being honored with International Icon Award

It is a massive 12 months for Combs on the VMAs.

The artist will obtain the third-ever International Icon Award, which MTV says “celebrates an artist or band whose unparalleled profession and continued affect have achieved a novel stage of worldwide success in music and past.”

Previous recipients embrace the Foo Fighters and Purple Scorching Chili Peppers.

Combs, who can be nominated for 4 different awards, will even carry out.

Are the VMAs irrelevant now?

Yesterday, the New York Publish printed this sizzling take: “Why the MTV VMAs — as soon as the most well liked awards present round — don’t matter anymore.” We, the NBC Information group stay running a blog tonight, had some ideas.

Doha: The VMAs are a casualty of a bigger situation of awards exhibits slowly shedding social relevance, both as a result of they’re too polished or as a result of social media makes celebrities much less reliant on conventional platforms to make information. Even nonetheless, the VMAs are essentially the most pleasing present within the style and the present most centered on followers.

Kaetlyn: It’s true that the VMAs may not “matter” as a lot as different awards exhibits, however that’s precisely what makes them enjoyable to observe. The VMAs don’t have the gravity of the Oscars or the Grammys. It’s not the most important evening in any trade, however that units the celebs free in a method.

MTV Moonperson  attends the 2023 Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on Sept. 12, 2023 in Newark, N.J.
MTV Moonperson attends the 2023 Video Music Awards at Prudential Heart on Tuesday in Newark, N.J.Noam Galai / Getty Photographs for MTV

Brahmjot: I believe the awards and classes themselves are unmemorable, however the VMAs have at all times been a popular culture gold mine for viewers to ogle, reminisce about and cringe at.

Angela: As MTV grows ever additional faraway from the way in which we eat music, I hope artists will take the VMAs as a possibility to experiment extra with stay appearances even within the age of streaming.

Daysia: As soon as thought of the evening for iconic pop cultural moments, the VMAs are form of of their flop period. When was the final time that the present actually delivered a provocative, dominating cultural second? Whereas it continues to supply stable stay performances and has spawned a few memes in recent times, the awards present is shedding contact with the tradition. The problem may very well be that we’ve seen all of it.

A decade in the past, Miley Cyrus raised eyebrows with ‘Blurred Traces’

We are able to’t discuss jaw-dropping VMA moments with out recounting Miley Cyrus’ 2013 efficiency of “Blurred Traces” with Robin Thicke.

Cyrus was in solely a pair of latex underwear at one level throughout the track, thrusting towards a foam finger between her legs and later twerking towards Thicke’s crotch.

The scene was fairly a scandal, and it was mentioned in interviews for years. Cyrus was solely two years out from the top of her Disney Channel present, “Hannah Montana,” and other people appeared to take some situation along with her dramatic change in picture.

In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Cyrus argued that nobody appeared to take situation with Thicke though he was nicely conscious of the efficiency.

Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform
Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke carry out “Blurred Traces” throughout the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Aug. 25, 2013.Lucas Jackson / Reuters file

“I’ve simply at all times been a really open particular person … so I’ve tried to wrap my head round what a traditional particular person thinks of the efficiency, and I can’t actually perceive the place the shock comes from,” Cyrus stated. “I do know that sounds loopy, however … I don’t see something greater than what another artist did that evening.”

Thicke advised Oprah Winfrey that issues can typically seem completely different throughout rehearsal and that the efficiency appeared extra foolish than sexual to him on the time.

“I suppose I’m simply not as regular as I believed I used to be,” he stated. “I wasn’t offended by it personally, as a result of I believe some see that they usually go, ‘That is so sexual.’ And to me, I’m sitting there going: ‘That is whacky. That is humorous to me.’”

Bear in mind Rage In opposition to the Machine’s VMAs second in 2000?

Awards exhibits are finest remembered for his or her unscripted moments, together with the 2000 VMAs, the place a rockstar received arrested. Rage In opposition to the Machine was nominated for finest rock video however in the end misplaced to Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff.”

As Limp Bizkit tried to simply accept the award, Rage In opposition to the Machine bassist Tim Commerford climbed the scaffolding and sat on high of a big sculpture onstage. Nobody had any clue what was happening, although members of Limp Bizkit inspired him to leap off the sculpture.

Rage Against the Machine bass player Tim Commerford sits on part of the set while Limp Bizkit recieves their award at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City on Sept. 9, 2000.
Rage In opposition to the Machine bass participant Tim Commerford sits on a part of the set whereas Limp Bizkit receives their award on the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Sept. 9, 2000.Dave Hogan / Getty Photographs file

Toni Braxton and 98 Levels stood dumbfounded as they went on to current the following award, and safety was attempting to get Commerford down.

Ultimately Commerford was gotten down and arrested. Bandmate Tom Morello advised Rolling Stone on the time that he felt police overreacted however that he believes Commerford was mistaken for a crazed fan.

In actuality, he simply didn’t like Limp Bizkit. Commerford advised Rolling Stone in 2015 that he had just one remorse.

“I want I might’ve swung on that factor and introduced it to the bottom and simply destroyed it,” he stated. “If I may do it over again, I might’ve ripped that factor to the bottom and shredded it.”

This 2003 onstage kiss is ingrained in popular culture historical past

Britney Spears, Madonna and Christina Aguilera perform during the opening act at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.
Britney Spears, Madonna and Christina Aguilera carry out throughout the opening act on the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.Kevin Kane / WireImage file

There’s completely no argument that essentially the most memorable VMA second in historical past is the kiss heard ’around the world.

On the 2003 awards present, Madonna carried out a mashup of her songs “Like A Virgin” and “Hollywood” with pop sensations Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. On the very finish, Madonna turned to Spears and kissed her earlier than she turned to put her lips on Aguilera, as nicely. 

Many individuals overlook that Aguilera was additionally part of the kiss, perhaps as a result of Spears received the shock worth of being first. Both method, that is one picture seared into popular culture historical past. 

Woman Gaga’s meat costume from 2010 lives rent-free in our heads

Woman Gaga, she’s received the meat.

Woman Gaga provided the world one of the vital weird crimson carpet appears in style historical past on the 2010 VMAs. Gaga arrived in a costume coated in meat.

Sure, precise uncooked meat.

Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 13, 2010 in Los Angeles.
Woman Gaga on the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 13, 2010 in Los Angeles.Gregg DeGuire / FilmMagic

Gaga recounted the look in an interview with British Vogue in 2021, explaining that the costume was truly a corset that had meat sewn into it. The outfit was a protest of “don’t ask, don’t inform,” a army coverage that discriminated towards queer service members and was in the end repealed in 2011.

“We determined to do the meat costume as a result of I believed to myself for those who’re prepared to die in your nation, what does it matter the way you establish?” Gaga stated.

Onstage, Gaga introduced the identify of her coming album, “Born This Manner,” and sang a snippet from the title observe.

“How lovely in my method, as a result of God makes no errors. I’m heading in the right direction, child, I used to be born this fashion,” she sang within the costume.

Swifties will always remember this VMAs second

The VMAs might solely be an elder millennial, however the awards ceremony has some iconic popular culture moments that we can’t overlook. As NBC Information’ chief Swiftie, I can let you know all about one uncomfortable September evening in 2009 with nice element, however I am going to spare you each element.

Taylor Swift had simply gained finest feminine video for “You Belong With Me,” her first VMA win, when Ye jumped onstage. Ye, the artist formally often known as Kanye West, grabbed the mic from Swift as she was giving her thanks speech.

“Yo Taylor, I am actually joyful for you,” he stated. “Imma allow you to end, however Beyoncé had among the finest movies of all time.”

Image: Kanye West takes the microphone from singer Taylor Swift as she accepts the
Kanye West takes the microphone from singer Taylor Swift as she accepts the “Finest Feminine Video” award throughout the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Sept. 13, 2009.Jason DeCrow / AP file

Folks booed. Beyoncé seemed visibly uncomfortable. And Swift was devastated. Beyoncé went on to win the video of the 12 months award and provided her time to Swift, who returned to a standing ovation. Beyoncé and Swift by no means appeared to have any unhealthy blood between them following the incident, although the identical cannot be stated for Swift and Ye.

The second unwittingly opened a collection of occasions that included a presidential dis, two “SNL” monologues, a unadorned wax determine of Swift, an edited telephone name clip, a web-based fan conflict and an album devoted to Swift’s repute (which she’ll be re-recording quickly). However I am not going to speak about that in my weblog publish! La la la la la!

Who’s performing on the VMAs this 12 months?

  • Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion will carry out “Bongos”
  • Lil Wayne will carry out his new track, “Kat Meals,” for the primary time.
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Doja Cat
  • Demi Lovato
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Karol G
  • Stray Children
  • Tomorrow X Collectively
  • Anitta
  • Måneskin
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Shakira
  • Diddy
  • Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, LL Cool J, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, Doug E. Contemporary and Grandmaster Flash and the Livid 5 will even take the stage for a finale celebrating hip-hop’s fiftieth anniversary.

Learn extra concerning the star-studded listing of performers and nominations on Immediately.com.

‘She Wolf’ Shakira is prepared for her award

Shakira is being honored with the Video Vanguard Award. She will even carry out on the awards present for the primary time since 2006.

We anticipate, per normal, that her hips will not lie. However appears like she’s received much more in retailer, per an Instagram publish from final week during which she shared: “POV once you’re attempting to cram a whole profession into one #VMAs Vanguard efficiency.”

Try the track of the 12 months nominees

  • “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus
  • “Vampire” by Olivia Rodrigo
  • “Calm Down” by Rema and Selena Gomez
  • “Unholy” by Sam Smith and Kim Petras
  • “Dangerous Behavior” by Steve Lacy
  • “Kill Invoice” by SZA
  • “Anti-Hero” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is main essentially the most nominated artist this 12 months

Listed here are the 11 classes the Eras Tour queen is nominated for:

  • Artist of the 12 months
  • Video of the 12 months, for “Anti-Hero” (She’s gained this class 3 times in 2015, 2019 and 2022.)
  • Tune of the 12 months
  • Finest pop
  • Finest path
  • Finest cinematography
  • Finest visible results
  • Finest enhancing
  • Present of the summer season
  • Tune of summer season
  • Album of the 12 months

Who’s the VMAs host this 12 months?

Nicki Minaj at the premiere of
Nicki Minaj on the premiere of “Barbie” on July 9 in Los Angeles.Christopher Polk / WWD by way of Getty Photographs file

Technically, nobody is “internet hosting” the VMAs this 12 months. However Nicki Minaj is emceeing, as she did final 12 months.

“Minaj will announce the present’s star-studded lineup of performers, presenters and winners,” MTV stated in a information launch.

If that appears like a internet hosting gig, that is as a result of it form of is, with out the title.

In line with a supply at MTV acquainted with the awards present, nobody can labeled as a “host” due to the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

The place and when to observe the 2023 VMAs

The ceremony will air stay at 8 p.m. ET on MTV in greater than 150 million nations.

For these of you who cannot get sufficient of the celebs, the pre-show begins at 6:30 p.m. ET, and our stay weblog kicks off at 4 p.m.


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