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In a star-studded spectacle at Newark's Prudential Center in New Jersey on Tuesday night, the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards showcased unforgettable performances, jaw-dropping wins and appearances by some of music's biggest stars.

Hosted by rap legend Nicki Minaj, the event also celebrated the 50th anniversary of hip-hop while recognizing outstanding achievements in music videos.

One of the most anticipated moments of the night was the return of two legends: Shakira and Sean "Diddy" Combs. Shakira received the prestigious Video Vanguard Award, while Diddy was honored with the Global Icon Award.

Both delivered memorable performances, but it was the Bad Boy CEO, who was presented the honor by his daughter Chance Combs, that swept the audience into a wave of nostalgia.

Taking the stage with boundless energy, the music mogul, joined by his son King Combs in a special father-son moment and several surprise guests, treated the audience to a thrilling medley of his greatest hits. The performance opened with the iconic "I'll Be Missing You," a poignant tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G. This heartfelt homage was followed by the infectious "Bad Boys For Life," infusing the atmosphere with an electric vibe.

Megan Thee Stallion and Olivia Rodrigo also graced the stage, admirably representing the next generation of music stars. However, the evening's standout was undoubtedly Taylor Swift, who earned an impressive 11 nominations and eventually claimed the prestigious Video of the Year award for her hit "Anti-Hero."

Yet, the true heart of the 2023 VMAs lay in its celebration of hip-hop. The iconic "Hip-Hop Royalty" performance took fans on a journey through the genre's evolution, from its roots with Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five to the modern era with Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. The tribute underscored hip-hop's profound impact on the music industry over the past half-century.

The event did not shy away from recognizing rising talents in the genre, with artists like GloRilla, Ice Spice and Kaliii making appearances, signaling a promising future for hip-hop.


Nonetheless, the ceremony was not without its share of surprises and drama. Backstage, a momentary exchange between Megan Thee Stallion and Justin Timberlake piqued curiosity. While it appeared as if they were in disagreement, later sources clarified that it was a friendly encounter, marking their first meeting.

2023 MTV VMA Award Winners
  • Video of the Year: Taylor Swift – "Anti-Hero"
  • Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift
  • Song of the Year: Taylor Swift – "Anti-Hero"
  • Best New Artist: Ice Spice
  • Show of the Summer: Beyoncé
  • Group of the Year: FIFTY FIFTY
  • Song of the Summer: Taylor Swift ft. Ice Spice – "Karma"
  • Album of the Year: Nicki Minaj – "Super Freaky Girl"
  • Push Performance of the Year: TOMORROW X TOGETHER – "Sugar Rush Ride"
  • Best Collaboration: KAROL G, Shakira – "TQG"
  • Best Pop: Taylor Swift – "Anti-Hero"
  • Best Hip-Hop: Nicki Minaj – "Super Freaky Girl"
  • Best R&B: SZA – "Shirt"
  • Best Alternative: Måneskin – "THE LONELIEST"
  • Best Rock: Måneskin – "THE LONELIEST"
  • Best Latin: Anitta – "Funk Rave"
  • Best Afrobeats: Rema & Selena Gomez – "Calm Down"
  • Video For Good: Dove Cameron – "Breakfast"*

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