After holding its annual Video Music Awards show at the Prudential Center in Newark in 2019 and 2022, MTV will do so again this year. The ceremony will take place Sept. 12, and be broadcast to more than 150 countries.
The 2019 show was hosted by Sebastian Maniscalco, and Missy Elliott received the lifetime-achievement Video Vanguard Award. Taylor Swift won Video of the Year (for “You Need to Calm Down”) and other awards, and performers included Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, Lizzo, Bad Bunny, Rosalía and a collection of New Jersey hip-hop artists that included Queen Latifah, Wyclef Jean, Naughty by Nature, Redman and Fetty Wap.
The 2020 show featured a variety of pre-taped or outdoor performances, because of the pandemic, and the one in 2021 was at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Returning to Newark in 2022, the VMAs once again gave the Video of the Year award to Swift (for “All Too Well: The Short Film”); Jack Harlow, L.L. Cool J and Nicki Minaj co-hosted; Minaj received the Video Vanguard Award; and performers included The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lizzo, Bad Bunny, Blackpink, Eminem and Snoop Dogg, and Panic! at the Disco.
Today’s announcement “reverberates our city’s historic vibe as a hotbed of musical genius,” said Newark mayor Ras J. Baraka, in a press release. “Starting with America’s first known composer in 1759, through the jazz explosion in the 1920s, and up to today’s full spectrum of genres from hip hop to opera, Newark has long served as America’s turntable for harmonic expression.”
Performers, host(s) and nominees have not yet been announced for this year. For information and updates, visit mtv.com/vma.
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