rap superstar Nicky Minaj is set to MTV reception Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s VMAs. It was also announced that Minaj will be performing at the awards show for the first time since 2018. One executive noted that Nicki has broken down barriers for women in hip hop through her versatility and creative artistry.
“Nicki has broken down barriers for women in hip hop with her versatility and creative artistry,” said Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events, Paramount and Chief Content Officer, Music, Paramount+. “She transformed the music industry and cemented her status as a global superstar with her crossover appeal, genre-defying style and uncompromising ‘Nicki’.”
Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé and Rihanna are the only black artists to have won a Video Vanguard Award.
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The Video Vanguard Award has not been given since 2019. The 5-time VMAs winner took home her first Moon Person for Best Hip Hop Video in 2011 and is nominated for Best Hip Hop this year. Nicki Minaj’s new single “Super Freaky Girl” will be released on streaming platforms this Friday.
Watch “VMAs 2022” airing live from the Prudential Center on Sunday, August 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
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