Taylor Swift Sweeps The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards

2023 Mtv Video Music Awards Show
Taylor Swift accepts the award for best direction for "Anti-Hero" during the MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Chattanooga, Tennessee—(Pulse)

The MTV Video Music Awards, one of the biggest nights in music, took place on Tuesday evening (September 12nd), live from Newark, N.J.’s Prudential Center, celebrating all genres from pop, to hip-hop, to latin music and beyond.

Nicki Minaj was the mistress of ceremony, although she only took a mic a few times, including to begin and close out the show. Nonetheless, the evening saw performances from Nicki, Lil WayneAnittaMåneskin and a host of others.

Nicki kicked off her hosting duties, telling the audience that MTV was afraid of what she might say on the mic. Nicki said, “MTV is petrified because they got a couple calls yesterday and people were saying, ‘What if Nicki says this and what if Nicki says that?’ And I said, you know it’s OK, MTV, I can control myself. Because if you can’t control yourself you can’t control anything around you, right? But you know who can’t control themselves? Roman. Ruby Red Da Sleeze, Chun-Li. So I’ll think about it.”

She closed out the show, offering blessings to those in attendance, saying, “I am asking God to bless these people tonight because they are so beautiful and so perfect. I love you so much.”

Those were only a few moments from the jam-packed evening.


Prior to the show beginning, the pre-show/red carpet was hosted by SaweetieDometi PongoNessa and Kevan Kenney. At one point, while the camera was on Dometi and Saweetie, she apparently forgot she was supposed to be hosting and stood at the camera blankly. She later addressed the moment during the show.

Nicki Minaj came onto the stage at the top of the show, wearing a long, pink, bride-like gown that she appeared to struggle to walk in. She then shared that her shoe wasn’t buckled.

N’SYNC reunited to give away the award for Best Pop award.

Justin Timberlake also had a viral moment backstage with Megan Thee Stallion, which people thought was a heated moment. Instead, an insider claimed that Megan actually told JT that they meeting backstage at the award show didn’t count and that they needed to have a proper meeting. For the record, Meg was excited and is a huge fan of JT.

French Montana showed love to Morocco amid their recent 4.5-magnitude earthquake and announced emergency fund with Global Citizens.

Shakira was honored with the Michael Jackson Vanguard award and was introduced by Wyclef Jean before performing a medley of songs.

Diddy received the Global Icon award and was presented the award by longtime friend and collaborator, Mary J. Blige.

The VMAs also honored the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with performances from Grand Master Flash and the Furious FiveSlick Rick and Doug E. FreshNicki MinajLil WayneLL Cool and DMC from Run-DMC. Rev. Run wasn’t present.


Lil Wayne opened the show, performing his new single, “Kat Food.”

Olivia Rodrigo performed “Vampire.” She appeared to have tehnical difficulties, but it was all a part of her transition to “Get Him Back!” which features numerous Rodrigo lookalikes.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion took the audience to the tropics with their performance of their new single, “Bongos.”

Demi Lovato performed some throwback hits, including “Heart Attack,” “Sorry Not Sorry” and “Cool for the Summer.”

Kali performed “Area Codes.”

Anitta performed two of her tracks: “Used to Be” and “Funk Rave.”

Ice Spice introduced Dojo Cat, whom she’ll be touring with, who performed “Attention,” “Paint the Town Red” and “Demons.”

Shakira was performed eight of her greatest hits, such as “Objection (Tango)” “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie,” in her first VMAs performance in 18 years.

Nicki Minaj performed her new single, “Last Time I saw You,” and an exclusive song from her upcoming Pink Friday 2 album.

Karol G performed “Oki Doki” and “Ta OK (Remix).”

Diddy performed some of his greatest hits: “I’ll Be Missing You,” “All About the Benjamins,” “Bad Boy for Life” with his son King Combs, “I Need a Girl,” “Gotta Move On (Remix)” with Yung Miami, “Last Night” featuring Keyshia Cole and “Mo Money Mo Problems” with King Combs. His daughters, Jessie and D’Lila, were backup dancers. He also debuted his new single, “A Dream Come True.”

Peso Pluma made his VMAs debut performing “Lady Gaga.”

K-Pop group Stray Kids performed “S-Class.”

Metro Boomin‘ performed “Superhero” with Future and “Calling” with Swae LeeNav and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

Tomorrow x Together performed “Back for More” with Anitta.

Måneskin performed “Honey (Are U Coming)?”

Kelsi Ballerini gave an emotional performance of “Penthouse.”

A 50th anniversary of hip-hop celebration also took place and consisted of: Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five “The Message,” Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh “The Show,” Nicki Minaj “Itty Bitty Piggy,” “Red Ruby Da Sleeze,” Lil Wayne “A Milli,” LL Cool J “I’m Bad,” “Mama Said Knock You Out,” Run-DMC “Rock Box” with LL Cool J in Run’s place and “Walk This Way.”


VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”
SONG OF THE YEAR: Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”
PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR: April 2023: Tomorrow x Together – “Sugar Rush Ride”
BEST POP: Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”
BEST HIP-HOP: Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl”
BEST R&B: SZA – “Shirt”
BEST ALTERNATIVE: Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste – “Candy Necklace”
BEST LATIN: Anitta – “Funk Rave”
BEST K-POP: Stray Kids – “S-Class”
BEST AFROBEATS: Rema and Selena Gomez – “Calm Down”
VIDEO FOR GOOD: Dove Cameron – “Breakfast”
BEST DIRECTION: Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” — Directed by Taylor Swift
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Cinematography by Rina Yang
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Visual Effects by Parliament
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Blackpink – “Pink Venom” – Kiel Tutin, Sienna Lalau
BEST ART DIRECTION: Doja Cat – “Attention” – Art Direction by Spencer Graves
BEST EDITING: Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire” – Edited by Sofia Kerpan and David Checel
SHOW OF THE SUMMER: Taylor Swift – Republic Records
SONG OF THE SUMMER: Jung Kook ft. Latto – “Seven”
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Taylor Swift – Midnights