Nicki Minaj will receive the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Nicki Minaj will receive the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Awards later this month, joining winning musical luminaries such as Madonna, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliott.

Minaj, who has won five MTV trophies for hits such as “Anaconda,” “Chun-Li” and “Hot Girl Summer,” will receive the award and perform at the August 28 ceremony at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. . .

“Nicki broke down barriers for women in hip-hop with her versatility and creative flair,” said Bruce Gillmer, director of music content at Paramount+ and president of music, music talent, programming. and events at Paramount. “She changed the music industry and cemented her status as a global superstar with her crossover appeal, genre-defying style and continues to be unapologetically ‘Nicki’.”

Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X and Kendrick Lamar are the top contenders for the awards with seven nominations. Harlow, Lil Nas X, Drake, Bad Bunny, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles and Lizzo will compete for artist of the year.

Styles and Doja Cat received the second most nominations with six. Sheeran, Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd each shot five.

Madonna, who is the most awarded artist in MTV history with 20 wins, becomes the only artist to receive a nomination in each of the VMAs’ five decades. She got her 69th nomination for her 14th studio album “Madame X”.

Anitta, J Balvin, Marshmello with Khalid and Panic! At the disco. More acts will be announced soon.


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