Nicki Minaj to Receive Video Vanguard Award at 2022 MTV VMAs

From "Super Bass" to a super big announcement: Nicki Minaj is set to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards.

By Elyse Dupre Aug 08, 2022 7:16 PMTags
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Grab your starships because Nicki Minaj is about to nab a Moon Person trophy.

The rapper, 39, is set to take home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. And the celebration of Nicki will start with a bang (OK, who's now singing "bang bang"?). For the first time in four years, she'll be performing on the MTV VMAs stage.

"I'm receiving the Video Vanguard Award at the 2022 #VMAs!" she wrote on Instagram Aug. 8. "You DO NOT !!!! I REPEAT!!!! You do NOTTTTTT want to miss my performance."

The gold-plated honor is given to artists "for their outstanding contributions and profound impact on music video and popular culture," MTV explained. Nicki joins an impressive group too. Missy Elliott, Jennifer Lopez, Pink, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, LL Cool J, Madonna and David Bowie are just a few of the stars who've won the award in the past.

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This might not be the only honor Nicki walks away with, either. She's also nominated in the Best Hip-Hop category for her song with Lil Baby "Do We Have A Problem?".

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Not to mention, Nicki already has a few VMAs on her trophy shelf, including Best Hip-Hop Video for "Super Bass," "Anaconda" and "Chun-Li," Best Female Video for "Starships" and Best Power Anthem for "Hot Girl Summer" along with Megan Thee Stallion and Ty Dolla $ign.

The 2022 MTV VMAs will air live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey starting at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Aug 28. To see the full list of nominees, click here.