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2023 VMAs Overview


2023 VMAs Overview 

Annika Parekh 

Award season is officially back in full swing as the Video Music Awards, also known as the VMAs, aired on September 12th, 2023, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The ceremony was hosted by Nicki Minaj, making it her second year in a row hosting the event. Special guests including Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and Ice Spice racked up moonmans (the VMA award statues) in various categories. Outstanding performances by Shakira, Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Demi Lovato, and Renee Rapp were featured throughout the 3-hour show. Shakira was honored with the VMA Vanguard Award, a unique award granted to an artist who has made substantial and outstanding contributions to the music industry, music videos, and pop culture as a whole. See the full list of winners below and stay tuned for plenty of other award shows coming this season! 

Video of the Year – Taylor Swift – “Anti Hero” 

Artist of the Year – Taylor Swift 

Song of the Year – Taylor Swift – “Anti Hero”

Best New Artist – Ice Spice 

Push Performance of the Year – April 2023: Tomorrow X Together – “Sugar Rush Ride” 

Best Collaboration – Karol G, Shakira – TQG 

Best Pop – Taylor Swift – “Anti Hero” 

Best Hip-Hop – Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl” 

Best R&B – SZA – “Shirt” 

Best Rock – Måneskin – “The Loneliest” 

Best Latin – Anitta – “Funk Rave” 

Best Afrobeats – Rema & Selena Gomez – “Calm Down” 

Best K-POP – Stray Kids – “S-Class”


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