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Nicki Minaj will emcee the 2022 VMAs alongside Jack Harlow and LL Cool J.

Nicki Minaj, Jack Harlow, And LL Cool J Will Emcee This Year's VMAs

The show got rid of a traditional host.

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If there’s one awards show that always brings the heat, it’s the MTV VMAs. Over the years, the annual ceremony honoring the best in music videos has given us so many iconic moments. Merely mention the words “Gaga VMAs” at a gay bar, and you’ll be swarmed with people eager to tell you about her 2009 performance of “Paparazzi.”

There’s also Madonna’s legendary onstage kiss with Britney Spears in 2003 (The duo recently recreated the kiss at Spears’ June wedding), Beyoncé revealing her pregnancy while performing “Love on Top” in 2011, and Nicki Minaj’s “Miley, what’s good?” call-out in 2015. And these are just four lasting moments from nearly 40 years of the VMAs.

This year’s show looks like it’ll be just as memorable. From Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar, and Lil Nas X leading the nominees, to BLACKPINK, Lizzo, and Harlow performing (among many others), it’s surely going to be an iconic show.

Read below for everything you need to know about the 2022 MTV VMAs.

When Are The 2022 MTV VMAs?

The VMAs will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Sunday, Aug. 28.

Who Is Hosting The 2022 MTV VMAs?

The VMAs won’t have a traditional host as it has previously had. Instead of having one celebrity emcee the night, the show will have three huge stars from the hip-hop world: Nicki Minaj, Jack Harlow, and LL Cool J. According to a press release, the trio will announce the show’s performers, presenters, and winners throughout the night.

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Who Is Receiving The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award?

Nicki will receive this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award thanks to her impact on the music industry. “Nicki has broken barriers for women in hip-hop with her versatility and creative artistry,” said Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events, Paramount and Chief Content Officer, Music, Paramount+, said in a press release. “She has shifted the music industry and cemented her status as a global superstar with her crossover appeal, genre-defying style, and continuing to be unapologetically ‘Nicki’.”

Minaj is joining esteemed company as the latest Video Vanguard recipient. Recent honorees include Missy Elliott, Jennifer Lopez, Pink, Rihanna, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears.

Who Is Performing At The 2022 MTV VMAs?

The VMAs have only announced a few performers so far. First up is Anitta. According to a press release, she’ll perform her single “Envolver” for the first time on TV. J Balvin will also mark the TV and world premiere of “Nivel de Perreo” with Ryan Castro. Fans can also expect to see Marshmello and Khalid perform their new collaboration, “Numb.”

Panic! At The Disco will also be back at the VMAs for the first time since 2018. They’ll perform their new single “Middle of a Breakup.” The song is featured on their seventh studio album, Viva Las Vengeance, which is set to be released on Aug. 19.

K-pop girl group BLACKPINK will make their VMAs debut with their new single “Pink Venom,” which will be featured on their upcoming second album, Born Pink, set to be released on Sept. 16. The VMAs also recently announced Jack Harlow will perform on the show for the first time solo following last year’s performance of “Industry Baby” with Lil Nas X.

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Lizzo, who’s had an amazing year with her single “About Damn Time,” will perform the song “2 Be Loved” from her fourth studio album Special, which dropped on July 15.

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Rounding out the current roster of performers are the Italian rock band Måneskin (will perform their single “SUPERMODEL”) and Nicki Minaj.

When Does Voting For The 2022 MTV VMAs End?

Fans determine who takes home the coveted Moonman at vote.mtv.com. The last day to vote is Friday, Aug. 19.

Who Are The 2022 MTV VMAs Nominees?

So many of your favorite artists are nominated for the 2022 VMAs. Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar, and Lil Nas X lead the pack with seven nominations each. Next up are Doja Cat and Harry Styles, who have six nominations each. Meanwhile, Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd all snagged five nominations each.

Check out the nominees below.

Video Of The Year

  • 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”
  • Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version)

Artist Of The Year

  • Bad Bunny
  • Drake
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Harry Styles
  • Jack Harlow
  • Lil Nas X
  • Lizzo

Song Of The Year

  • Adele – “Easy On Me”
  • Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”
  • Doja Cat – “Woman”
  • Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)”
  • Lizzo – “About Damn Time”
  • The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – “STAY”

Best New Artist

  • Baby Keem
  • Dove Cameron
  • GAYLE
  • Latto
  • Måneskin
  • SEVENTEEN

Performance Of The Year

  • Griff – “One Night”
  • Remi Wolf – “Sexy Villain”
  • Nessa Barrett – “i hope ur miserable until ur dead”
  • SEVENTEEN – “Rock With You”
  • Mae Muller – “Better Days”
  • GAYLE – “abcdefu”
  • Sheneesa – “R U That”
  • Omar Apollo – “Tamagotchi”
  • Wet Leg – “Chaise Longue”
  • Muni Long – “Baby Boo”
  • Doechii – “Persuasive”

Best Collaboration

  • Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”
  • Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)”
  • Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY”
  • Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie”
  • Post Malone & The Weeknd – “One Right Now”
  • Rosalía ft. The Weeknd – “LA FAMA”
  • The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – “STAY”

Best Pop

  • Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”
  • Doja Cat – “Woman”
  • Ed Sheeran – “Shivers”
  • Harry Styles – “As It Was”
  • Lizzo – “About Damn Time”
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “traitor”

Best Hip-Hop

  • Eminem & Snoop Dogg – “From The D 2 The LBC”
  • Future ft. Drake & Tems – “WAIT FOR U”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “N95”
  • Latto – “Big Energy”
  • Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Baby – “Do We Have A Problem?”
  • Pusha T – “Diet Coke”

Best Rock

  • Foo Fighters – “Love Dies Young”
  • Jack White – “Taking Me Back”
  • Muse – “Won’t Stand Down”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Black Summer”
  • Shinedown – “Planet Zero”
  • Three Days Grace – “So Called Life”

Best Alternative

  • Avril Lavigne ft. blackbear - “Love It When You Hate Me”
  • Imagine Dragons x JID – “Enemy”
  • Machine Gun Kelly ft. WILLOW – “emo girl”
  • Måneskin – “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE”
  • Panic! At The Disco – “Viva Las Vengeance”
  • Twenty One Pilots – “Saturday”
  • WILLOW, Avril Lavigne ft. Travis Barker – “G R O W”

Best Latin

  • Anitta – “Envolver”
  • Bad Bunny – “Tití Me Preguntó”
  • Becky G X KAROL G – “MAMIII”
  • Daddy Yankee – “REMIX”
  • Farruko – “Pepas”
  • J Balvin & Skrillex – “In Da Getto”

Best R&B

  • Alicia Keys – “City of Gods (Part II)”
  • Chlöe – “Have Mercy”
  • H.E.R. – “For Anyone”
  • Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side”
  • Summer Walker, SZA, & Cardi B – “No Love (Extended Version)”
  • The Weeknd – “Out Of Time”

Best K-Pop

  • BTS – “Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)”
  • ITZY – “LOCO”
  • LISA – “LALISA”
  • SEVENTEEN – “HOT”
  • Stray Kids – “MANIAC”
  • TWICE – “The Feels”

Video For Good

  • Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5”
  • Latto – “P*ssy”
  • Lizzo – “About Damn Time”
  • Rina Sawayama – “This Hell”
  • Stromae – “Fils de joie”

Best Metaverse Performance

  • BLACKPINK The Virtual x PUBG
  • BTS x Minecraft
  • Charli XCX x Roblox
  • Justin Bieber – An Interactive Virtual Experience x Wave
  • Ariana Grande x Fortnite
  • Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience x Roblox

Best Longform Video

  • Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles
  • Foo Fighters – Studio 666
  • Kacey Musgraves – star-crossed
  • Madonna – Madame X
  • Olivia Rodrigo – driving home 2 u
  • Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version)

Best Cinematography

  • Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties”
  • Camila Cabello ft. Ed Sheeran – “Bam Bam”
  • Harry Styles – “As It Was”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “N95”
  • Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side”
  • Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version)

Best Direction

  • Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties”
  • Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”
  • Ed Sheeran – “Shivers”
  • Harry Styles – “As It Was”
  • Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY”
  • Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version)

Best Art Direction

  • Adele – “Oh My God”
  • Doja Cat – “Get Into It (Yuh)”
  • Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”
  • Kacey Musgraves – “simple times”
  • Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY”
  • Megan Thee Stallion ft. Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie”

Best Visual Effects

  • Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”
  • Coldplay X BTS – “My Universe”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5”
  • Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY”
  • Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie”
  • The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – “STAY”

Best Choreography

  • BTS – “Permission to Dance”
  • Doja Cat – “Woman”
  • FKA twigs ft. The Weeknd – “Tears In The Club”
  • Harry Styles – “As It Was”
  • Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY”
  • Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side”

Best Editing

  • Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties”
  • Doja Cat – “Get Into It (Yuh)”
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “brutal”
  • Rosalía – “SAOKO”
  • Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version)
  • The Weeknd – “Take My Breath”

You definitely won’t want to miss the VMAs on Aug. 28!

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