L.L. Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow will emcee VMAs at Prudential Center in Newark

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L.L. Cool J will be one of the emcees at this year’s Video Music Awards show.

They’re not being called co-hosts, but L.L. Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow will co-emcee the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, which will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, Aug. 28.

According to a press release, the three will “announce the show’s star-studded lineup of performers, presenters and winners, taking a more innovative and unique approach to the traditional ‘host’ gig seen in previous years.”

Minaj had previously been announced as the winner of this year’s Video Vanguard Award, a lifetime achievement award for “outstanding contributions” and “profound impact” on music video and popular culture; L.L. Cool J is a previous winner of this award. Minaj will also perform, as will Anitta, BLACKPINK, J Balvin, Jack Harlow, Lizzo, Måneskin, Marshmello x Khalid, Panic! At the Disco and Kane Brown.

Leading nominees include Harlow, Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas X (seven each), Doja Cat and Harry Styles (six each) and Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd (five each). Minaj is nominated in the Hip Hop Video category for “Do We Have a Problem?,” featuring Lil Baby.

For more information, visit mtv.com/vma.


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