The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards were held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on September 12, 2023. Nicki Minaj served as the event’s host for the second year in a row. It marked the first year when the event was held on a Tuesday. The 2023 MTV VMAs had it all, and it also had a brand-new award category called Show of the Summer, which was chosen by audience votes.

MTV's 2023 Video Music Awards Date & Venue Announced –
MTV’s 2023 Video Music Awards

The show was live from New Jersey as it celebrated the best in Latin music with the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. The show featured a stunning Shakira medley, a reunion of *NSYNC, Taylor Swift victory, and many more. Here are the top 10 moments from MTV Video Music Awards 2023 that you can’t miss:

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The Big Win of Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift broke her record for the most victories at this particular award event by winning nine of the 11 VMAs she was nominated for. The singer was the biggest winner of the night as she walked away with multiple awards for her single Anti-Hero. Swift’s song also received the award of the coveted Video of the Year. She thanked her fans for their love and support during her acceptance speech on stage.

Shakira won everyone over with her medley

MTV VMAs 2023: Shakira

Shakira is unrivaled when it comes to 10-minute song-and-dance medleys. She won over the crowd by performing hits like She Wolf, Te Felicito, Objection (Tango), Whenever, Wherever and Hips Don’t Lie. What became a highlight of her show was the incredible crowd surf. The singer even won the 2023 Video Vanguard Award.

Ice Spice Winning Best New Artist Award

Ice Spice Wins Best New Artist, Tears Up at 2023 MTV VMAs
Ice Spice

The MTV VMAs 2023 became extra special for Ice Spice as she won her first award. She took home the Best New Artist award and was truly deserving knowing the impact her music made on the industry. In her acceptance speech, the singer thanked her team and Munchkins, aka her lovely fans.

The *NSYNC’s Reunion

N Sync Reunite at 2023 VMAs
*NSYNC’s Reunion

The MTV VMAs 2023 reunited the aughts boy band. The guys of *NSYNC — Joey Fatone, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, and Chris Kirkpatrick reunited toward the beginning of the show as they presented Taylor Swift with the award for best pop video for Anti-Hero.

Olivia Rodrigo’s Flawless Performance

Olivia Rodrigo Perform “Vampire” & “Get Him Back!” at 2023 VMAs
Olivia Rodrigo’s performance at 2023 VMAs

Following Lil Wayne’s performance as the show’s opener, Olivia Rodrigo entered the stage to perform her new single Vampire. Later, she faked a stage malfunction and transitioned into Get Him Back! with a large number of Olivia lookalikes. The singer’s bright red outfit stole the show giving a nostalic touch.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s Performance

 Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion Perform “Bongos” at the 2023 VMAs
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion

The WAP colleagues returned and gave fans the first live rendition of their most seductive duet, Bongos. What caught everyone’s attention was Cardi B descending from the ceiling on a disco ball before the performance. She was later joined by Stallion on the ground with a bunch of brightly attired back dancers.

Diddy’s Family Affair

Diddy accepts Global Icon Award and performs at 2023 MTV VMAs

The 2023 Global Icon Diddy made his night legendary by rapping Another One of Me, I’ll Be Missing You, It’s All About the Benjamins, Last Night, and Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down. Later, Diddy was presented with his Moon Person award by his 17-year-old daughter Chance and longtime friend Mary J. Blige. His twin daughters, D’Lila and Jessie, were present to support him on stage.

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Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift’s Friendship Moment

Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift's Friendship Moments at 2023 VMAs
Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez

Even though they weren’t seated next to one another at the 2023 MTV VMAs on the night, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez made sure to support one another when they stepped up on stage to accept honors.

Demi Lovato’s Glorious Comeback

Demi Lovato Sings Rock Medley of Hit Songs at 2023 VMAs
Demi Lovato

For the first time in six years, Lovato attended the concert, and she wowed the crowd with the new rock renditions of her earlier singles from her upcoming album REVAMPED. From Heart Attack and Sorry Not Sorry to Cool for the Summer, the singer performed an exciting set that had the audience on their feet.

The Celebration of Hip Hop

Lil Wayne, Run-DMC, Grandmaster Flash & More Perform Hip-Hop Tribute at the 2023 MTV VMAs -
Hip-Hop Tribute at the 2023 MTV VMAs

MTV celebrated the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with a time travel through some of the genre’s biggest songs and musicians. The performers that covered the five decades of music included Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and LL Cool J. The show began with The Message and moved into Mama Said Knock You Out before ending with Walk This Way.

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