Nicki Minaj will be honored with the Video Vanguard Award at the 2022 MTV VMAs

This one’s for you Barbz!
Nicki Minaj
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This one’s for you Barbz! Nicki Minaj is set to be awarded the Video Vanguard Award at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. Oh and that’s not all, Nicki is also scheduled to perform during this year's show, for the first time in four years.

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The award, presented to artists for their outstanding contributions and profound impact on music video and popular culture, has previously been awarded to Madonna, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Jennifer Lopez, and Missy Elliott.

But let’s talk about this year’s recipient, or technically about what President of music, music talent, programming and events, Paramount+, Bruce Gillmer had to say. “Nicki has broken barriers for women in Hip Hop with her versatility and creative artistry,” said Gillmer. “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.’”

Minaj, a 17-time nominee and five-time VMAs winner, is also nominated in the best Hip Hop category.

The MTV Video Music Awards will air live across MTV, The CW, BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TVLand, and VH1 on Sunday, August 28 at 8PM ET.

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