MTV’s Video Music Awards heads back to Newark’s Prudential Center

The MTV Video Music Awards has returned to Newark, and for the first time, only women are nominated in the show's artist of the year category.

News 12 Staff

Sep 12, 2023, 11:43 AM

Updated 275 days ago

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The MTV Video Music Awards has returned to Newark, and for the first time, only women are nominated in the show's artist of the year category. Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj, Karol G and Shakira are contenders for the night's prize.
The event began at 8 p.m., with host Nicki Minaj. Last year, she emceed alongside Lil Wayne and Jack Harlow; this year, she's solo.
The show also celebrated 50 years of hip-hop with a star-studded, multi-generational finale performance: DMC, Doug E. Fresh, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, LL Cool J and Minaj will join forces.
Lil Wayne emerged to open the awards with a performance of his new single “Kat Food.” Immediately afterward, Olivia Rodrigo brought her “Vampire” music video set to the stage, before launching into her cheeky pop-punk single “Get Him Back!”
WWE superstars Bianca Belair and Montez Ford.
Tuesday's show offered plenty of surprises in its opening moments, with the boy band NSYNC reuniting on the stage to present the first award for best pop video, which went to Taylor Swift.
In coordinating suits, Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick, and JC Chasez shared the stage with Swift. Bass handed Swift a friendship bracelet just as fans do at the superstar's shows. “You’re pop personified," she told the group.
News 12's John Bathke with MTV's Moon Person
She returned to the stage later in the show's first hour to pick up the song of the year trophy for “Anti-Hero.”
The live sets were many: Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion brought “Bongos” to life with big choreography; Demi Lovato played a rock ‘n’ roll medley of her biggest hits: “Heartattack,” into “Sorry Not Sorry,” “Cool for the Summer” before the best K-pop award was given to Stray Kids.
Doja Cat played a medley of new songs from her forthcoming album, “Scarlet”, which takes aim at fame and the parasocial relationships it inspires — “Attention, “Paint the Two Red,” and “Demons” — surrounded by dancers painted red.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Road closures in the area are as follows:
Beginning from 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, to 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13.
  • Mulberry Street will be closed (including overnights) between Lafayette Street to Edison Place.
Additional street closures include:
9 a.m. (9/12 – show day) to approximately 1 a.m. (9/13)
  • Mulberry Street between Market Street and Green Street
  • Columbia Street between Green Street and Edison Place
  • Edison Place between Broad Street and McCarter Highway
  • Lafayette Street between Broad Street and McCarter Highway


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