Hip-hop made its presence known at the 2023 MTV VMAs on Tuesday (Sept. 12). Nicki Minaj pulled double duty as both a “host” and performer. ( According to a source at MTV familiar with the awards show, no one can labeled as a “host” because of the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes.) Diddy won the Global Icon Award for his three-decade career in the music industry.
Jungkook and Latto’s “Seven” won Song of the Summer. In that category for hip-hop and R&B were also Nicki and Ice Spice’s “Barbie World,” Beyoncé’s “Cuff It,” Doja Cat’s “Paint The Town Red,” SZA’s “Kill Bill,” Gunna’s “f**umean,” and Doechii and Kodak Black’s “What It Is (Block Boy).”
Ice Spice came out on top with her win for “Best New Artist.” The Bronx-bred rapper has been working hard all year as she released her first EP Like..? as well as its deluxe edition. She also worked with Nicki Minaj twice this year on her “Princess Diana” remix and on “Barbie World” for the Barbie film.
The Best Hip-Hop Video went to Nicki Minaj for her visual to “Super Freaky Girl.” Other nominees were Cardi B and GloRilla’s “Tomorrow 2,” “Kant Nobody” by Lil Wayne, DMX, Swizz Beatz, “STAYING ALIVE” with Drake, Lil Baby, DJ Khaled, Metro Boomin and Future’s “Superhero (Heroes & Villains)” “Gotta Move On (Queens Remix)” with Diddy, Ashanti, Bryson Tiller, and Yung Miami and Lil Uzi Vert’s “Just Wanna Rock.”
On the R&B side, SZA took home Best R&B Video with “Shirt.” She was up against the “Creepin” remix with The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Metro Boomin, “How Does It Feel” with Chlöe Bailey and Chris Brown, “Love In The Way” with Yung Bleu and Nicki Minaj, “Stay,” with Alicia Keys and Lucky Daye, and Toosi’s “Favorite Song.”
Take a look at the full winners list here. If your curious about what your favorite celebrity wore on the red carpet check out our gallery here. Check out hip-hop’s performances below at the VMAs below: