Nicki Minaj, Lil Nas X, and Taylor Swift at the 2022 MTV VMAs

All the 2022 VMAs Performances, Ranked

After hitting Brooklyn’s Barclays coronary heart in 2021, the MTV Video Music Awards returned to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Sunday (Aug. 28).

MTV Video Music Awards 2022 Performances
BLACKPINK performs onstage on the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards held at Prudential Center on Aug. 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey.Bryan Bedder for Variety

Nicki Minaj, who these days earned her first solo No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Super Freaky Girl,” was named the 2022 VMAs Video Vanguard Award winner, inserting her proper right into a rarified class that options Michael Jackson, Madonna, Missy Elliott and totally different common tradition royalty. Additionally, Minaj co-hosted the current alongside LL Cool J and Jack Harlow. Red Hot Chili Peppers, who had been the 2022 VMAs Global Icon Award recipients, moreover carried out on the current.

Harlow opened the evening alongside along with his private “First Class” and a shock look — Fergie, the Dutchess herself, joined him on the VMAs stage to hold out “Glamorous,” her Hot 100-topping single that his private Hot 100 topper “First Class” samples.

Additionally, the VMAs seen performances from an infinite guidelines of genre-crossing artists: Anitta, Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Ryan Castro, BLACKPINK, Kane Brown, Eminem and Snoop Dogg, Marshmello and Khalid, Lizzo, Måneskin and Panic! on the Disco. Snoop and Slim Shady launched the metaverse to the Prudential Center, performing half of their music of their Bored Ape avatars.

Doja Cat, Harlow and Harry Styles had been the best nominees on the 2022 VMAs, with eight nods each. Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas X had seven nods each, with Billie Eilish scoring six nods. BTS, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Future, Lizzo, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd all earned 5 nominations.

Nicki Minaj, Lil Nas X, and Taylor Swift at the 2022 MTV VMAs
BLACKPINK performs onstage on the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards held at Prudential Center on Aug. 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey.Bryan Bedder for Variety

From Harlow’s show-opening amount to Anitta’s show-stopping booty shaking to Minaj’s knockout medley of hip-hop classics, listed below are the entire 2022 VMAs performances, ranked.

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