The 2023 VMAs: From nominees to artists, here’s what you need to know

The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards are upon us. In the words of this year’s nominee, VMAs veteran Taylor Swift: “Are you ready for this?”

On September 12th, silver statues of MTV moon people will be available for selection by a handful of today’s top musicians. Returning to New Jersey for the second year running, the annual ceremony is sure to be a night of bold performances, moving acceptance speeches and defining viral moments.

“Since last year’s hugely successful event, our goal has been to celebrate one of our biggest music nights with the Garden State’s incredible fans,” said Bruce Gilmer, Paramount’s president of musical talent, in a statement.

In the weeks leading up to this year’s awards ceremony, MTV announced the award winners and artists who will take the stage. Here’s everything we know so far.

Where is the show and how can I watch it?

An image projected onto a screen shows Bad Bunny accepting an award

Bad Bunny made VMA history last year when he became the first non-English speaking artist to be named Artist of the Year.

(Charles Sykes/Invision/Associated Press)

The MTV Video Music Awards return to the Prudential Center on September 12 for the second straight year. This year’s show marks the third time the VMAs have been held at the Newark, New Jersey venue.

The VMAs will be broadcast live on MTV beginning at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Viewers can also stream the show on Paramount+.

Who is the host?

MTV has yet to announce who will be hosting the 2023 VMAs. Last year, the channel caused a stir by announcing a trio of presenters – LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow. Past hosts have included Katy Perry, Jack Black, Doja Cat and the show’s opening hosts Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd.

Who is nominated?

SZA poses against a sparkling dark background and wears a colorful leotard

SZA received six nominations for the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards.

(Annie Noelker / For The Times)

This year, women dominated the top VMA categories – Video of the Year and Female Artist of the Year. Swift and SZA, both contenders for the night’s grand prize, received eight and six nominations, respectively.

Doja Cat, Kim Petras, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo and Sam Smith follow with five nominations each.

Other nominees include Ice Spice, Peso Pluma, Lana Del Rey, Kendrick Lamar, Karol G and Blackpink.

Who performs?

Karol G appears on stage in a fringed crop top with the Rolling Stones logo

Karol G is expected to perform at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards.

(Rob Grabowski/Invision/Associated Press)

MTV announced its first artist block on Tuesday. Nominees Demi Lovato, Karol G, Måneskin and Stray Kids are among the artists who will bring their music to the Prudential Center.

Additional artists will be announced shortly before the show.

How can I vote?

Fans can vote for their favorite artists up to 10 times a day on MTV VMA website.

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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