Nicki Minaj has been tapped to take home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards.
She will also take the stage and perform for the first time since 2018 at the awards ceremony, which will be broadcast live from Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on August 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Minaj is a 17-time VMA nominee and five-time winner. She won her first VMA, for best hip-hop video, in 2011. This year she was nominated for ‘best hip-hop’. Minaj has performed on the show six times, starting with her 2012 debut. Minaj’s next single, “Super Freaky Girl,” will be released Friday.
“Nicki has broken barriers for women in hip-hop with her versatility and creative artistry,” said Bruce Gillmer, president of music, music talent, programming and events at Paramount and chief content officer, music at Paramount+. “She changed the music industry and cemented her status as a global superstar with her crossover appeal, genre-defying style and still unabashedly ‘Nicki’.”
Past Vanguard Award winners include Madonna, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliott. At the inaugural VMAs in 1984, David Bowie, The Beatles and director Richard Lester shared the honor
The news follows MTV’s announcement Friday that Anitta, J Balvin, Marshmello x Khalid and Panic! at the Disco will also perform during the show. Additional artists will be announced soon, MTV said.
Kendrick Lamar, Jack Harlow and Lil Nas X lead the nominations for the 2022 VMAs with seven each. The winners are determined by the votes of the fans.
Bruce Gillmer and Den of Thieves co-founder Jesse Ignjatovic are executive producers of the 2022 VMAs; Barb Bialkowski is co-executive producer. Alicia Portugal and Jackie Barba are in charge of production. Wendy Plaut is in charge of the celebrity talent and Lisa Lauricella is the music talent director.