VMAs Performers to Include Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo and More

The event will take place September 12 live from New Jersey’s Prudential Center

Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj, and Olivia Rodrigo
Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj, and Olivia Rodrigo (Photo Credit: Getty Collection)

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are the latest artists to be announced as performers for MTV’s 2023 Video Music Awards. The duo is set to perform thier new single “Bongos” on stage.

They will be performing alongside previously announced standalone performers Olivia Rodrigo and Nicki Minaj as well as stars Fall Out Boy, Metro Boomin, Peso Pluma, Lil Wayne, Anitta, Doja Cat, Kelsea Ballerini, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Demi Lovato, Karol G, Måneskin and Stray Kids.

For the second year in a row, Minaj will serve as the emcee of the awards show. She will also take the stage for the world premiere performance of her newest single, “Last Time I Saw You.” As for Rodrigo, she first made her VMAs debut in 2021 with her performance of “good 4 u.”

This awards show will also mark the first time Lil Wayne has returned to the VMAs stage in more than a decade. He is set to perform his new single “Kat Food,” which will drop on Friday. Demi Lovato, Måneskin, Stray Kids, Anitta and Doja Cat have all appeared on the MTV stage before. In fact, Måneskin took home Best Alternative last year, and Stray Kids were nominated for Best K-Pop. Last year also saw Anitta make history, becoming the only Brazilian to ever take home an MTV Moon Person. Doja Cat is also an alum on this stage. In 2021, she hosted the VMAs and took home two awards. 

As for Karol G, Kelsea Ballerini TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Metro Boomin and Peso Pluma this will mark their first-ever appearances on the stage.

This year, Taylor Swift is leading the nominations pack with a total of eight nods, including Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year. She’s followed closely by SZA with six nominations, which include both Video of the Year and Song of the Year. Doja Cat, Kim Petras, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo and Sam Smith all have five nominations each.

The 2023 VMAs will air live from New Jersey’s Prudential Center on September 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Fans can vote on the awards’ show categories by visiting vote.mtv.com through September 1st. Voting for Best New Artist will remain active into the show on September 12. Nominations for social categories including Group of the Year and Song of Summer will be announced at a later date.

Check out the full list of VMAs performers below: