The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards are slated to air on Tuesday, September 12 live from Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and as always, the network has packed the ceremony with all the major stars it can get its hands on. So far, the list of names who are set to sing and rap and dance includes more than two dozen artists who span genres and generations.
The list of performers during the main telecast for the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards thus far includes all of the following musicians:
A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Anitta, Cardi B, Demi Lovato, Diddy, Doja Cat, Doug E. Fresh, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Fall Out Boy, Future, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Karol G, Kelsea Ballerini, Lil Wayne, LL Cool J, Måneskin, Megan Thee Stallion, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo, Peso Pluma, Shakira, Stray Kids, Swae Lee and Tomorrow X Together.
Some of those names are set to take to the stage on their own, while in other instances, groups of stars are performing together. For example, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are set to debut their new joint single “Bongos,” which was only released this past Friday (September 8). They are hoping to replicate the massive success of their first collaboration, “WAP,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2020.
Producer Metro Boomin will be joined by rapper Future, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Swae Lee and NAV, very likely for a performance of their single “Calling.” The tune features all those acts except Future, who may be introducing a remix of the single.
Shakira will headline the show with a lengthy performance, as she is this year’s recipient of the Video Vanguard Award.
Diddy is also set to take home a prestigious prize, the Global Icon Award, and he will delight fans watching at home and those in the crowd with his first performance at the VMAs in more than a decade.
Before the show actually begins, both NLE Choppa and Sabrina Carpenter will deliver performances for those tuning in ahead of the actual start time. At what MTV has called the Extended Play Stage, newcomers Kaliii, Reneé Rapp and The Warning will all delight fans as well.
MT has recruited a bevy of superstars—from the music world and beyond—to present awards to top-tier acts. So far, the list of presenters includes Bebe Rexha, Charli D’Amelio, Coco Jones, Dixie D’Amelio, Emily Ratajkowski, French Montana, GloRilla, Ice Spice, Jared Leto, Madelyn Cline, Rita Ora and Sabrina Carpenter.
Minaj is set to not only perform, but host the evening, a role she’s taking on for the second year in a row. Taylor Swift is the most-nominated artist this year, as her videos earned 11 nods, though not all of those prizes go to the singer herself. The other artists with the most nominations for their work include SZA, with eight, and Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Blackpink and Olivia Rodrigo, whose visuals all earned half a dozen nods.