Nicki Minaj will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2022 VMAs. The superstar will also perform at the event for the first time since 2018. The 2022 VMAS airs live on Aug. 28 and is available to watch on the CW, in addition to BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TVLand, and VH1.
“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, Paramount+ per Variety. “She has shifted the music industry and cemented her status as a global superstar with her crossover appeal, genre-defying style and continuing to be unapologetically ‘Nicki’.”
Nicki is a 17-time VMAs nominee and five-time VMAs winner. She won her first award in 2011 for “Best Hip-Hop Video” and this year is nominated in the “Best Hip-Hop” category for her single “Do We Have a Problem?” featuring Atlanta rapper Lil Baby.
Nicki shared her excitement with her fans via Twitter writing, “I’m receiving the Video Vanguard Award at the 2022 ! You don’t want to miss my performance – Sunday August 28 at 8p on @MTV Aaaahhhhhh.”
I’m receiving the Video Vanguard Award at the 2022 #VMAs! You don’t want to miss my performance – Sunday August 28 at 8p on @MTV Aaaahhhhhh😫🙏🏽💕🎀♥️🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄csfxffvmmkbdsavgkmkkevhvjj pic.twitter.com/dPGgXe2gZA— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) August 8, 2022
Previous recipients of the award include: Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna, P!nk, Jennifer Lopez, and Missy Elliott.
Take a look at the full list of nominees below for the 2022 VMAs below: