Global Music Stars Set to Shine at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards
The music world is buzzing with excitement as the first round of global music stars is announced to grace the stage at the highly anticipated 2023 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). Demi Lovato, Karol G, Måneskin, and Stray Kids are all set to deliver electrifying performances at the event, scheduled to take place at the iconic Prudential Center in New Jersey on Tuesday, September 12th, starting at 8 PM ET/PT.
Demi Lovato: A Triumphant Return
Demi Lovato, a 14-time nominee and a true icon of the industry, is making her grand return to the VMAs stage after a six-year hiatus. This performance comes just days before the release of her highly anticipated album “REVAMPED,” which features rock versions of her hit songs. Demi’s history with the VMAs is marked by unforgettable moments, including her 2015 stage debut with “Cool for the Summer” and her powerful 2017 performance of “Sorry Not Sorry.” With a past win for “Best Video with a Message” in 2012, Demi is once again in the spotlight, vying for awards in the categories of “Best Pop” and “Video for Good.”
Karol G: Making History and Taking the Stage
Colombian sensation Karol G is set to bring her “Bichota Season” to life on the VMAs stage in her very first appearance at the event. Karol G holds the distinction of being the first woman ever to debut at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart with a Spanish-language album. Amid her groundbreaking stadium tour, she’s making time to contend for her inaugural VMAs victory, armed with three nominations, including the prestigious “Artist of the Year.”
Måneskin: Rocking the World Stage Once Again
After a history-making win for “Best Alternative” and a memorable debut at the VMAs last year, Måneskin, the global rock sensation, is set to return to the illustrious MTV stage. Their upcoming performance promises to be nothing short of iconic, as they unveil their highly anticipated new single “HONEY (ARE YOU COMING?)” in a world premiere. With their album “RUSH!” nearing the impressive milestone of one billion streams, the group’s four nominations, including “Best Rock,” further solidify their place in music history. Notably, they are the first Italian act to be nominated for two consecutive years in a main show category at the VMAs.
Stray Kids: K-Pop Takes the Center Stage
Global K-Pop phenomenon Stray Kids is poised to captivate the audience with their debut VMAs performance, featuring the US broadcast premiere of “S-CLASS,” a track from their record-breaking album “5-STAR.” Additionally, the group is contending for their first MTV Moon Person award in the “Best K-Pop” category, building on their nomination in the same category in 2022.
As anticipation builds for this star-studded event, fans and music enthusiasts alike are eagerly awaiting the unveiling of more details about the awards show. The VMAs have a storied tradition of honoring the best in music, and this year’s lineup promises to continue that legacy. With dynamic performances from Demi Lovato, Karol G, Måneskin, and Stray Kids, the 2023 VMAs are shaping up to be an unforgettable night celebrating the diversity and creativity of the global music industry.
Acknowledging Excellence: Nominations and Voting
Leading the nominations is Taylor Swift with eight nominations, closely followed by SZA with six. Doja Cat, Kim Petras, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo, and Sam Smith each have five nominations, while BLACKPINK, Diddy, and Shakira boast four nominations apiece. Fans have the power to influence the outcomes by voting for their favorites across 15 gender-neutral categories. The coveted “Video of the Year” award, presented by Burger King®, is among these categories. Voting is open until Friday, September 1st, with voting for “Best New Artist” continuing until the show on September 12th. Stay tuned for announcements regarding social categories, including “Group of the Year” and “Song of Summer,” presented by M&M’S®.
Sponsors and Behind the Scenes
The 2023 VMAs are made possible with the support of official sponsors, including BACARDÍ® Rum, Burger King®, Clearblue®, DESCOVY®, Doritos®, HEINZ, M&M’S, Swiffer, and Toyota Motor North America. The event is spearheaded by Executive Producers Bruce Gillmer and Jesse Ignjatovic, co-founder of Den of Thieves. Barb Bialkowski serves as Co-Executive Producer, while Alicia Portugal and Jackie Barba oversee Production. Wendy Plaut is responsible for Celebrity Talent, and Lisa Lauricella manages Music Talent.
Countdown to the Big Night
Excitement is building as the countdown to the 2023 VMAs continues. The anticipation for the performances, nominations, and awards is reaching fever pitch. For those eager to stay updated on the latest news and developments, be sure to follow @MTV and @VMAs on social media. As the world tunes in to witness the electrifying performances and the recognition of exceptional talent, the 2023 VMAs are poised to be a night to remember in the realm of music excellence.