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Nicki Minaj performed a medley of her greatest hits, including her tracks Super Bass and Anaconda, while rocking her signature pink wig at the MTV Video Music Awards held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Before receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on Sunday night, the 39-year-old rapper her inner Barbie in a sexy pink ensemble, consisting of a bejeweled long sleeve, an ombré skater skirt and bow in her hair.
The Queen of Rap, whose legendary rap career has spanned more than a decade, pleased fans on stage as she flawlessly crooned some of her biggest tracks, including Roman’s Revenge, Super Bass, Beez in the Trap, Chun‐Li and Moment 4 Life.
Epic: Nicki Minaj performed a medley of her greatest hits, including her tracks Super Bass and Anaconda, while rocking her signature pink wig at the MTV Video Music Awards held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey
After rapping All Things Go, the audience went wild as she sang her verse of Kanye West’s Monster. 
As the audience roared in applause, and celebrity attendees like Taylor Swift danced in the crowd, she concluded her memorable act by pole dancing and singing Super Freaky Girl, alongside her backup dancers in harnesses.
Minaj, who scored 17 VMA nominations and taken home 5, went on to accept the highest honor of the night and delivered a moving speech, in which she thanked artists from Lil Wayne and Madonna to Mariah Carey for the ‘huge opportunities’ they gave her. 
Performance of a lifetime: The Queen of Rap, whose legendary rap career has spanned more than a decade, pleased fans on stage as she flawlessly crooned some of her biggest tracks, including Roman’s Revenge, Super Bass, Beez in the Trap, Chun‐Li and Moment 4 Life
Raunchy: After rapping All Things Go, the audience went wild as she sang her verse of Kanye West’s Monster
Lizzo, who is up for four awards, knew just how to get the audience on their feet as she performed her songs, 2 B Loved (Am I Ready), and About Damn Time. 
Meanwhile, Jack Harlow brought Fergie on stage for her first performance in four years.
Just hours after a source close to production exclusively revealed to DailyMail.com that the Fergalicious hitmaker would be appearing at tonight’s ceremony, she shocked fans with her unexpected appearance to perform First Class, which samples part of her 2007 hit song Glamorous. 
Go girl! As the audience roared in applause, and celebrity attendees like Taylor Swift danced in the crowd, she concluded her memorable act by pole dancing and singing Super Freaky Girl, alongside her backup dancers in harnesses
Racy: The ten-time Grammy nominee flashed her hot pink bottoms under her skirt as she took the stage and twerked
On stage:  Lizzo, who is up for four awards, knew just how to get the audience on their feet as she performed her songs, 2 B Loved (Am I Ready), and About Damn Time
Twerking away: The Juice singer gave a memorable performance
Beaming: Lizzo smiled as she took in the roaring applause
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Britney tears off coat to reveal tiny red bikini underneath
Willow Smith stuns as she rocks the stage performing at Reading
Aussie comedian lists the five things to NEVER say to a girl
Harry Styles stops gig after someone threw a chicken nugget
Britney tears into her ‘really abusive’ father in raw YouTube clip
Yung Gravy goes in for kisses with Addison Rae’s Mom at VMAs
Eminem & Snoop Dogg smoke giant fake joint at the 2022 VMAs
SNL star Chloe Fineman arrives to the MTV Video Music Awards
Ashley Graham blows kisses on the 2022 MTV VMAs red carpet
Avril Lavigne & fiance Mod Sun on the 2022 MTV VMAs red carpet
Connor Cruise wins the catch of the day with a 301 lb fish
The night was full of incredible performances from Eminem and Snoop Dogg pretending to smoke an oversized joint as they sang From the D 2 the LBC to the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing Black Summer and Can’t Stop before taking home the Global Icon award. 
Kane Brown made history as the first male country artist to perform on the show while Khalid and Marshmello notably performed Numb.
K-pop megagroup Blackpink made their American award show while performing a megahit single which was just released titled Pink Venom. 
She’s back! Meanwhile, Jack Harlow brought Fergie on stage for her first performance in four years
‘It was pure abuse’: Britney Spears speaks on life since 2008
Britney tears off coat to reveal tiny red bikini underneath
Willow Smith stuns as she rocks the stage performing at Reading
Aussie comedian lists the five things to NEVER say to a girl
Harry Styles stops gig after someone threw a chicken nugget
Britney tears into her ‘really abusive’ father in raw YouTube clip
Yung Gravy goes in for kisses with Addison Rae’s Mom at VMAs
Eminem & Snoop Dogg smoke giant fake joint at the 2022 VMAs
SNL star Chloe Fineman arrives to the MTV Video Music Awards
Ashley Graham blows kisses on the 2022 MTV VMAs red carpet
Avril Lavigne & fiance Mod Sun on the 2022 MTV VMAs red carpet
Connor Cruise wins the catch of the day with a 301 lb fish
Exciting: Just hours after a source close to production exclusively revealed to DailyMail.com that the Fergalicious hitmaker would be appearing at tonight’s ceremony, she shocked fans with her unexpected appearance to perform First Class, which samples part of her 2007 hit song Glamorous
She’s back! Meanwhile, Jack Harlow brought Fergie on stage for her first performance in four years
Maneskin’s frontman Damiano David flashed his bare bottom on stage while rocking just a pair of black chaps over a jock strap while performing. 
While playing their track Supermodel, released in May, the 23-year-old Italian rock singer showed off his hunky frame and tattoo collection as he went shirtless on stage in his backless leather pants with daring cut-outs on the thighs.
Despite the band thrilling audiences on stage, fans were quick to point out much of the performance was censored after bassist Victoria De Angelis seemingly having a wardrobe malfunction.
Fierce: Maneskin’s frontman Damiano David flashed his bare bottom on stage while rocking just a pair of black chaps over a jock strap while performing at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey
Twitter users expressed their frustration redacted act, with one dissatisfied viewer tweeting: ‘What was with the performance not being fully seen?? Technical difficulties? Something censored??’
‘Probably Vic’s pastie falling off if anything????’ another speculated, while some pleaded for ‘justice’ over the fact that ‘Nicky can simulate masturbating on stage, but Victoria de Maneskin can’t show a covered nipple.’
‘I can’t believe that Maneskin has the most exciting set of the whole #vmas & MTV censored the whole damn set!!!! Justice for Maneskin!!!,’ one social media user fired. 
Cheeky! While playing their track Supermodel, released in May, the 23-year-old Italian rock singer showed off his hunky frame and tattoo collection as he went shirtless on stage in his backless leather pants with daring cut-outs on the thighs
Double standard? Despite the band thrilling audiences on stage, fans were quick to point out much of the performance was censored after bassist Victoria De Angelis seemingly having a wardrobe malfunction
Devastated: Twitter users expressed their frustration redacted act, with one dissatisfied viewer tweeting: ‘What was with the performance not being fully seen?? Technical difficulties? Something censored??’
The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards are being held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. 
One of the biggest honors of the night will go to Nicki Minaj, who will be honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
The 39-year-old rap megastar will be presented with the highly-coveted trophy that is given to recording artists for outstanding contributions and profound impact on music video and popular culture.
Duo: Eminem and Snoop Dogg performed together on stage
A hit: They sang their recent collaboration From the D 2 the LBC
Fun: The performance consisted of them pretending to smoke an oversized joint as they sat on a black leather couch
Nicki will also be performing a medley of some of her greatest hits influenced by her catalogue of music videos.
Rock legends the Red Hot Chili Peppers will also perform as they are to be honored with the Global Icon Award.
The recognition celebrates ‘an artist or band whose unparalleled career, continued impact and influence have maintained a unique level of global success in music and beyond, leaving an indelible mark on the music landscape.’
Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers wore a red mesh t-shirt
Rocking out: Flea played the guitar shirtless
An honor: After performing Black Summer and Can’t Stop, the band accepted the Global Icon award
As for the regular awards, there is a three-way tie for most nominations between Lil Nas X, Kendrick Lamar, and Jack Harlow.
The three hip-hop acts are followed closely by Doja Cat and Harry Styles who received six nods each.
There is quite the field among those nominated for five awards as that list includes: Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.
Impressive: Kane Brown made history as the first male country artist to perform on the show
Coming soon: He performed Grand, off his highly-anticipated record, Different Man, out next month
Joyful performance: Khalid and Marshmello sang their track, Numb, while his collaborator sported a blue patterned suit
The most nominated group or duo were K-pop sensations BTS, who earned four.
Joyful performance: Khalid and Marshmello sang their track, Numb, while his collaborator sported a blue patterned suit
MTV expanded the number of nominees for its top award, video of the year, to seven for the very first time in its 39-year history.
Artist of the year, best collaboration, and best alternative have also been expanded to seven nominees.
Top prize of the night, video of the year, features quite the field including Doja Cat – Woman, Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – Way 2 Sexy, Ed Sheeran – Shivers, Harry Styles – As It Was, Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – Industry Baby, Olivia Rodrigo – brutal, and Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version).
Steamy! Bad Bunny shared a kiss with one of his male backup dancers while performing Tití Me Preguntó
Open to all love: Bad Bunny previously told the LA Times he sees his sexuality as fluid
Stunner: Anitta wore a skintight red jumpsuit as she performed
Getting low: The superstar showed off her incredible dance moves
Red hot! All eyes were on the 29-year-old Brazilian singer
If Lil Nas X wins he will be the first artist to ever win back-to-back awards in the sought-after category.
Bad Bunny is the first ever Latin artist to be nominated for artist of the year as he will face Ed Sheeran, Drake, Styles, Harlow, Lil Nas X, and Lizzo. 
There is also the video for good category which is for the best video with a message as the nominees include Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5, Latto – P****, Lizzo – About Damn Time, Rina Sawayama – This Hell. and Stromae – Fils de joie.
Girl band: K-pop megagroup Blackpink performed their megahit single which was just released titled Pink Venom
About time: This marked the group’s first performance at an American award show
Looking good! Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa were dressed in black ensembles with pink accents
A new category that has been added this year is best metaverse performance with nominees including BLACKPINK The Virtual | PUBG, BTS | Minecraft, Charli XCX | Roblox, Justin Bieber – An Interactive Virtual Experience. Rift Tour ft. Ariana Grande | Fortnite, and Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience | Roblox. 
Musical performances will also be a massive part of the event as Lizzo is set to perform 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready).
Anitta, J Balvin, Kane Brown, Jack Harlow, Khalid and Marshmello, Måneskin, and Panic! At The Disco will all be hitting the stage during the show.
Cool guys: Ryan Castro and J Balvin performed Nivel De Perreo
Funky: The Colombian artists dressed to impress, with Balvin in a zebra-print look and Castro sporting a red fuzzy sweater with a face on it
Video of the year
Doja Cat – “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy” – OVO/Republic
Ed Sheeran – “Shivers” – Atlantic Records
Harry Styles – “As It Was“ – Columbia Records
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby” – Columbia Records
Olivia Rodrigo – “brutal” – Geffen Records
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” – Republic Records – WINNER
Megastar: Taylor Swift won top honor video of the year for three awards total
 
Artist of the year
Bad Bunny – Rimas Entertainment – WINNER
Drake – OVO/Republic
Ed Sheeran – Atlantic Records
Harry Styles – Columbia Records
Jack Harlow – Generation Now / Atlantic Records
Lil Nas X – Columbia Records
Lizzo – Atlantic Records
 
Album of the year
Adele – “30” – Columbia Records
Bad Bunny – “Un Verano Sin Ti” -Rimas Entertainment
Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom and Interscope Records
Drake – “Certified Lover Boy” -OVO Sound and Republic Records
Harry Styles – “Harry’s House” – WINNER
Sending a message: Harry Styles was not in attendance but he appeared via satellite before his concert in Madison Square Garden to accept album of the year
 
Song of the year
Adele – “Easy on Me” – Columbia Records
Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records – WINNER
Doja Cat – “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” – EMI / Interscope Records
Lizzo – “About Damn Time” – Atlantic Records
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – “Stay” – Columbia Records
 
Best new artist
Baby Keem – Columbia Records
Dove Cameron – Disruptor Records / Columbia Records – WINNER
GAYLE – Atlantic Records / Arthouse Records
Latto – Streamcut / RCA Records
Måneskin – Arista Records
Seventeen – PLEDIS Entertainment/Geffen Records
 
Song of summer
Bad Bunny & Chencho Corleone – “Me Porto Bonito”
Beyoncé – “BREAK MY SOUL”
Charlie Puth – “Left And Right (feat. Jung Kook of BTS)”
Doja Cat – “Vegas (From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ELVIS)”
Future ft. Drake, Tems – “WAIT FOR U”
Harry Styles – “Late Night Talking”
Jack Harlow – “First Class” – WINNER
Kane Brown – “Grand”
Latto x Mariah Carey – “Big Energy (Remix) ft. DJ Khaled”
Lizzo – “About Damn Time”
Marshmello x Khalid – “Numb”
Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl”
Nicky Youre, dazy – “Sunroof”
Post Malone with Doja Cat – “I Like You (A Happier Song)”
ROSALÍA – “BIZCOCHITO”
Steve Lacy – “Bad Habit”
 
Push performance of the year
September 2021: Griff – “One Night” – Warner Records
October 2021: Remi Wolf – “Sexy Villain” – Island Records
November 2021: Nessa Barrett – “i hope ur miserable until ur dead” – Warner Records
December 2021: SEVENTEEN – “Rock With You” – PLEDIS Entertainment / Geffen Records – WINNER
January 2021: Mae Muller – “Better Days” – Capitol Records UK
February 2022: GAYLE – “abcdefu” – Atlantic Records / Arthouse Records
March 2022: Sheneesa – “R U That” – Rich Immigrants / Interscope Records
April 2022: Omar Apollo – “Tamagotchi” – Warner Records
May 2022: Wet Leg – “Chaise Longue” – Domino Recording Company
June 2022: Muni Long – “Baby Boo” – Supergiant Records LLC / Def Jam Recording
July 2022: Doechii – “Persuasive” – Top Dog Entertainment / Capitol Records
 
Best collaboration
Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy” – OVO/Republic
Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” – EMI / Interscope Records
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records – WINNER
Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie” – 300 Entertainment
Post Malone & The Weeknd – “One Right Now” – Mercury Records / Republic Records
ROSALÍA ft. The Weeknd – “LA FAMA” – Columbia Records
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – “STAY” – Columbia Records
Dynamic duo: Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow took home the first Moon Person of the night in the best collaboration category
 
Best pop
Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records
Doja Cat – “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
Ed Sheeran – “Shivers” – Atlantic Records
Harry Styles – “As It Was” – Columbia Records – WINNER
Lizzo – “About Damn Time” – Atlantic Records
Olivia Rodrigo – “traitor” – Geffen Records
 
Best hip-hop
Eminem & Snoop Dogg – “From The D 2 The LBC” – Shady / Aftermath / Interscope Records
Future ft. Drake, Tems – “WAIT FOR U” – Freebandz / Epic Records
Kendrick Lamar – “N95” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records
Latto – “Big Energy” – Streamcut / RCA Records
Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Baby – “Do We Have A Problem?” – Young Money / Cash Money / Republic Records – WINNER
Pusha T – “Diet Coke” – G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam
In the pink: Nicki Minaj earned best hip-hop
 
Best rock
Foo Fighters – “Love Dies Young” – RCA Records
Jack White – “Taking Me Back” – Third Man Records
Muse – “Won’t Stand Down” – Warner Records
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Black Summer” – Warner Records – WINNER
Shinedown – “Planet Zero” – Elektra Music Group
Three Days Grace – “So Called Life” – RCA Records
 
Best alternative
Avril Lavigne ft. blackbear – “Love It When You Hate Me” – Elektra Music Group / DTA Records
Imagine Dragons x JID – “Enemy” – KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records
Machine Gun Kelly ft. WILLOW – “emo girl” – Bad Boy / Interscope Records
Måneskin – “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE” – Arista Records – WINNER
Panic! At The Disco – “Viva Las Vengeance” – Fueled By Ramen / Elektra Music Group
Twenty One Pilots – “Saturday” – Fueled By Ramen / Elektra Music Group
WILLOW, Avril Lavigne ft. Travis Barker – “G R O W” – MSFTSMusic / Roc Nation Records
 Best Latin
Anitta – “Envolver” – Warner Records – WINNER
Bad Bunny – “Tití Me Preguntó” – Rimas Entertainment
Becky G X KAROL G – “MAMIII” – Kemosabe Records / Sony Music Latin / RCA Records
Daddy Yankee – “REMIX” – Republic Records
Farruko – “Pepas” – Sony Music US Latin
J Balvin & Skrillex – “In Da Getto” – Sueños Globales, LLC /Universal Music Latino / Asylum Records UK
 
Best R&B
Alicia Keys – “City of Gods (Part II)” – AKW
Chlöe – “Have Mercy” – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records
H.E.R. – “For Anyone” – RCA Records
Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side” – Keep Cool/RCA Records
Summer Walker, SZA & Cardi B – “No Love (Extended Version)” – LVRN / Interscope Records
The Weeknd – “Out Of Time” – XO / Republic Records – WINNER
 
Best K-pop
BTS – “Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)” – BIGHIT Music / Geffen Records
ITZY – “LOCO” – JYP Entertainment
LISA – “LALISA” – YG Entertainment / Interscope Records – WINNER
SEVENTEEN – “HOT” – PLEDIS Entertainment/Geffen Records
Stray Kids – “MANIAC” – JYP Entertainment
TWICE – “The Feels” – JYP Entertainment
Wow: LISA from Blackpink shocked many as she earned Best K-pop for her hit LALISA
 
Video for good
Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records
Latto – “P*ssy” – Streamcut / RCA Records
Lizzo – “About Damn Time” – Atlantic Records – WINNER
Rina Sawayama – “This Hell” – Dirty Hit
Stromae – ”Fils de joie” – Mosaert Label / The Darkroom / Interscope Records
Well deserved: Lizzo won video for good for About Damn Time
 
Best metaverse performance
BLACKPINK The Virtual | PUBG – YG Entertainment / Interscope Records – WINNER
BTS | Minecraft – BIGHIT Music / Geffen Records
Charli XCX | Roblox – Atlantic Records
Justin Bieber – An Interactive Virtual Experience | Wave – Def Jam
Rift Tour ft. Ariana Grande | Fortnite – Republic Records
Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience | Roblox – Fueled By Ramen / Elektra Music Group
 
Best longform video
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles – Darkroom / Interscope Records
Foo Fighters – Studio 666 – RCA Records
Kacey Musgraves – star-crossed – Interscope Records / MCA Nashville
Madonna – Madame X – Interscope Records
Olivia Rodrigo – driving home 2 u – Geffen Records
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” – Republic Records – WINNER
 
Best cinematography
Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties” – Columbia Records
Camila Cabello ft. Ed Sheeran – “Bam Bam” – Epic Records
Harry Styles – “As It Was” – Columbia Records – WINNER
Kendrick Lamar – “N95” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records
Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side” – Keep Cool / RCA Records
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” – Republic Records
 
Best direction
Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties” – Columbia Records
Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records
Ed Sheeran – “Shivers” – Atlantic Records
Harry Styles – “As It Was” – Columbia Records
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” – Republic Records – WINNER
 
Best art direction
Adele – “Oh My God” – Columbia Records
Doja Cat – “Get Into It (Yuh)” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy” – OVO / Republic Records
Kacey Musgraves – “simple times” – Interscope Records / MCA Nashville
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records – WINNER
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie” – 300 Entertainment
 
Best visual effects
Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records
Coldplay X BTS – “My Universe” – Atlantic Records
Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5” – pgLang/Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records – WINNER
Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie” – 300 Entertainment
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – “STAY” – Columbia Records
 
Best choreography
BTS – “Permission to Dance” – BIGHIT Music/Geffen Records
Doja Cat – “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records – WINNER
FKA twigs ft. The Weeknd – “Tears In The Club” – Atlantic Records
Harry Styles – “As It Was” – Columbia Records
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records
Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side” – Keep Cool / RCA Records
 
Best editing
Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties” – Columbia Records
Doja Cat – “Get Into It (Yuh)” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records
Olivia Rodrigo – “brutal” – Geffen Records
ROSALÍA – “SAOKO” – Columbia Records – WINNER
Taylor Swift – “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” – Republic Records
The Weeknd – “Take My Breath” – XO / Republic Records
 
Michael Jackson’s Video Vanguard
 Nicki Minaj – WINNER
 
Global Icon
Red Hot Chili Peppers – WINNER
 
 
 
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