Nicki Minaj will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and perform at the 2022 VMAs
MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
Rapper, singer and songwriter Nicki Minaj will accept the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and perform for the first time since 2018 at the 2022 VMAs, which will be broadcast live from the Prudential Center on Sunday, August 28.
hop with the versatility and creativity of the artistry,” said Bruce Gillmer, president of music, talent, programming and events for Paramount .
“She changed the music industry and cemented her status as a global superstar with her crossover appeal, her genre-defying style and her persistent unapologetic ‘Nicki.’ A 17-time VMA nominee and five-time VMA winner, Minaj took home her first Lunar Person for Best Hip-Hop Video in 2011.
This year she is nominated for best hip-hop. Last year was the second year in a row that the VMAs did not honor anyone with a Video Vanguard Award.
No one won the award from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2007 to 2010. The Vanguard Award was the show’s top honor from 2013 to 2019, with previous winners being Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna, P!nk, Jennifer Lopez and next. Missy Elliott. Minaj made her VMAs debut in 2012 with a performance of rapper Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” and returned to the scene in 2014 with three performances: a solo performance of her “Pinkprint” single “Anaconda”; joined Ariane Grande and Jessie J for “Bang Bang” and finally “She Came To Give It To U” with Usher.
She last appeared at the 2018 VMAs for a rap medley from her album ‘Queen’ featuring the songs ‘Majesty’, ‘Ganga Burn’, ‘FEFE’ and ‘Barbie Dreams’. Her next single ‘Super Freaky Girl’ is out this Friday in August. 12 Minaj joins Anitta, J Balvin, Marshmello x Khalid and Panic! at the Disco 2022 VMA menu.