Newark, New Jersey – September 14, 2023 – The MTV Video Music Awards made a triumphant return to the Prudential Center in Newark on Tuesday night, captivating audiences with an unforgettable show hosted by the iconic Nicki Minaj. With a star-studded lineup and jaw-dropping moments, the nearly four-hour extravaganza delivered entertainment that will be remembered for years to come.
N’Sync Reunion and Taylor Swift’s Moon Person Trophy
The night kicked off with a blast from the past as members of the beloved ‘N Sync reunited to present the prestigious Moon Person trophy to none other than Taylor Swift. The pop sensation, overwhelmed with nostalgia, expressed her gratitude to the boy band by saying, “I had your dolls!” It was a heartwarming moment that set the tone for an unforgettable evening.
Sean Combs Honored as a Global Icon
Sean Combs, known as Diddy, received a well-deserved global icon honor during the event. In his acceptance speech, he humbly reminisced about his humble beginnings as a paperboy, inspiring the crowd with his journey to greatness.
Anitta’s Solid One-Liner and Stellar Performances
Brazilian pop star Anitta stole the spotlight with her wit, declaring, “I want to thank myself because I worked so hard,” in her acceptance speech. She then proved her talent on stage, delivering both a mesmerizing solo medley and a show-stopping collaboration with K-pop sensation Tomorrow X Together.
Doja Cat’s Unforgettable Performance
Doja Cat, known for her genre-defying style, delivered the night’s most memorable performance. In a high-concept act that captured the anxiety of returning to the office, Doja Cat stunned in a “business sexual” ensemble while surrounded by dancers covered in eerie red paint. Her flawless execution left the audience both bewildered and captivated.
Olivia Rodrigo’s Clever Fake-Out
Olivia Rodrigo, whose music video for “Vampire” dramatizes an awards show mishap, cleverly recreated the scenario on stage. After an initial part of the song, an apparent stage mishap occurred, with lights bursting and curtains falling. Rodrigo was whisked away by a “stagehand,” only to return moments later, grinning, and treating the audience to another hit, “Guts.”
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s Sultry Return
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, known for their chart-topping hit “WAP,” made their return to the VMA stage. Their 2021 Grammy performance raised eyebrows with its provocative choreography, prompting over 1,000 complaints to the Federal Communications Commission. This time, the duo played it relatively safe with their fresh collaboration, “Bongos,” although a few expletives still made their way through the censors.
Shakira’s Spectacular 10-Minute Medley
Closing the night, the legendary Shakira took the stage for a breathtaking 10-minute medley performance that left the audience in awe. The show featured an array of dazzling visuals and choreography, making it one of the evening’s standout moments.
The MTV Video Music Awards 2023 will undoubtedly be remembered as a night filled with outstanding performances, surprises, and a celebration of music’s brightest stars.