VMAs 2023 Highlights: Watch the Best Performances and Winners!

2023 MTV VMAs performers and winners
Diddy 2023 MTV VMAs

Last night, the MTV Video Music Awards lit up the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, showcasing a variety of stunning performances. The dynamic duo of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion made waves with the live debut of “Bongos,” while Lil Wayne graced the stage for the first performance of his new track, “Kat Food.” The star-studded lineup also featured captivating acts by Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Demi Lovato, Karol G, as well as K-pop sensations Stray Kids and Tomorrow X Together. Anitta and Måneskin marked their return to the VMAs for the second year.

Nicki Minaj 2023 MTV VMAs

The grand finale of the evening was a historic celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, uniting iconic artists such as Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, LL Cool J, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, Doug E. Fresh, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, leaving the audience impressed.

Taylor Swift and her hit song “Anti-Hero” dominated this year, securing seven out of eight major awards she was nominated for. (Her only loss was to Olivia Rodrigo’s “Vampire” in the Best Editing category.) The standout single by The Midnights claimed the prestigious Video of the Year title, winning over SZA’s “Kill Bill,” which was among the R&B singer’s six nominations for SOS.

You can watch all the best performances below.

Doja Cat

Nicki Minaj

Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion

Diddy

Metro Boomin Featuring Future, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Swae Lee & Nav

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, Doug E. Fresh, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five & LL Cool J

NLE Choppa & Nelly

Anitta

Peso Pluma

Shakira

Stray Kid

Tomorrow X Together

Demi Lovato

Olivia Rodrigo

Sabrina Carpenter

Måneskin

Kelsea Ballerini

Here’s a list of all the winners and nominees at the MTV VMAs below.

Video of the year

  • Doja Cat – “Attention”
  • Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
  • Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl”
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire”
  • Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy”
  • SZA – “Kill Bill”
  • Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” (Winner)

Artist of the Year

  • Beyoncé
  • Doja Cat
  • KAROL G
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Shakira
  • Taylor Swift (Winner)

Song of the Year

  • Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire”
  • Rema & Selena Gomez – “Calm Down”
  • Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy”
  • Steve Lacy – “Bad Habit”
  • SZA – “Kill Bill”
  • Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” (Winner)

Best New Artists

  • GloRilla
  • Ice Spice (Winner)
  • Kaliii
  • Peso Pluma
  • PinkPantheress
  • Reneé Rapp

Push Performance of the Year

  • Saucy Santana – “Booty”
  • Stephen Sanchez – “Until I Found You”
  • JVKE – “golden hour”
  • Flo Milli – “Conceited”
  • Reneé Rapp – “Colorado”
  • Sam Ryder – “All the Way Over”
  • Armani White – “GOATED”
  • FLETCHER – “Becky’s So Hot”
  • TOMORROW X TOGETHER – “Sugar Rush Ride” (Winner)
  • Ice Spice – “Princess Diana”
  • FLO – “Losing You”
  • Lauren Spencer Smith – “That Part”

Best Collaboration

  • David Guetta & Bebe Rexha – “I’m Good (Blue)”
  • Post Malone, Doja Cat – “I Like You (A Happier Song)”
  • Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami – “Gotta Move On”
  • KAROL G, Shakira – “TQG” (Winner)
  • Metro Boomin with the Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy – “Creepin’ (Remix)”
  • Rema & Selena Gomez – “Calm Down”

Best Pop

  • Demi Lovato – “Swine”
  • Dua Lipa – “Dance the Night (From Barbie The Album)”
  • Ed Sheeran – “Eyes Closed”
  • Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire”
  • P!NK – “TRUSTFALL”
  • Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” (Winner)

Best Hip-Hop

  • Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami – “Gotta Move On”
  • DJ Khaled ft. Drake & Lil Baby – “STAYING ALIVE”
  • GloRilla & Cardi B – “Tomorrow 2”
  • Lil Uzi Vert – “Just Wanna Rock”
  • Lil Wayne ft. Swizz Beatz & DMX – “Kant Nobody”
  • Metro Boomin ft. Future – “Superhero (Heroes & Villains)”
  • Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl” (Winner)

Best R&B

  • Alicia Keys ft. Lucky Daye – “Stay”
  • Chlöe ft. Chris Brown – “How Does It Feel”
  • Metro Boomin with The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy – “Creepin’ (Remix)”
  • SZA – “Shirt” (Winner)
  • Toosii – “Favorite Song”
  • Yung Bleu & Nicki Minaj – “Love In The Way”

Best Alternative

  • blink-182 – “EDGING”
  • boygenius – “the film”
  • Fall Out Boy – “Hold Me Like A Grudge”
  • Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste – “Candy Necklace” (Winner)
  • Paramore – “This Is Why”
  • Thirty Seconds To Mars – “Stuck”

Best Rock

  • Foo Fighters – “The Teacher”
  • Linkin Park – “Lost (Original Version)”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Tippa My Tongue”
  • Måneskin – “THE LONELIEST” (Winner)
  • Metallica – “Lux Æterna”
  • Muse – “You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween”

Best Latin
Anitta – “Funk Rave” (Winner)
Bad Bunny – “WHERE SHE GOES”
Eslabon Armado, Peso Pluma – “Ella Baila Sola”
Grupo Frontera Bad Bunny – “un x100to”
KAROL G, Shakira – “TQG”
ROSALÍA – “DESPECHÁ”
Shakira – “Acróstico”

  • Best K-Pop
  • aespa – “Girls”
  • BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom”
  • FIFTY FIFTY – “Cupid”
  • SEVENTEEN – “Super”
  • Stray Kids – “S-Class” (Winner)
  • TOMORROW X TOGETHER – “Sugar Rush Ride”
  • Best Afrobeats
  • Ayra Starr – “Rush”
  • Burna Boy – “It’s Plenty”
  • Davido ft. Musa Keys – “UNAVAILABLE”
  • Fireboy DML & Asake – ”Bandana”
  • Libianca – “People”
  • Rema & Selena Gomez – “Calm Down” (Winner)
  • Wizkid ft. Ayra Starr– “2 Sugar”
  • Video for Good
  • Alicia Keys – “If I Ain’t Got You (Orchestral)”
  • Bad Bunny – “El Apagón – Aquí Vive Gente”
  • Demi Lovato – “Swine”
  • Dove Cameron – “Breakfast” (Winner)
  • Imagine Dragons – “Crushed”
  • Maluma – “La Reina”
  • Show of the Summer
  • Beyoncé
  • BLACKPINK
  • Drake
  • Ed Sheeran
  • KAROL G
  • Taylor Swift (Winner)
  • Group of the Year
  • BLACKPINK (Winner)
  • FIFTY FIFTY
  • FLO
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Måneskin
  • NewJeans
  • SEVENTEEN
  • TOMORROW X TOGETHER
  • Album of the Year
  • Beyoncé – Renaissance
  • Drake & 21 Savage – Her Loss
  • Metro Boomin – Heroes & Villains
  • Miley Cyrus – Endless Summer Vacation
  • SZA – SOS
  • Taylor Swift – Midnights (Winner)
  • Song of the Summer
  • Beyoncé – “Cuff It”
  • Billie Eilish – “What Was I Made For? (From Barbie The Album)”
  • Doechii ft. Kodak Black – “What It Is (Block Boy)”
  • Doja Cat – “Paint the Town Red”
  • Dua Lipa – “Dance the Night (From Barbie The Album)”
  • FIFTY FIFTY – “Cupid (Twin Ver.)”
  • Gunna – “fukumean”
  • Jung Kook ft. Latto – “Seven” (Winner)
  • Luke Combs – “Fast Car”
  • Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice – “Barbie World (with Aqua) [From Barbie The Album]”
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire”
  • SZA – “Kill Bill”
  • Taylor Swift ft. Ice Spice – “Karma”
  • Tomorrow X Together and Jonas Brothers – “Do It Like That”
  • Troye Sivan – “Rush”
  • Yng Lvcas & Peso Pluma – “La Bebe (Remix)”
  • Best Direction
  • Doja Cat – “Attention” (Directed by Tanu Muiño)
  • Drake – “Falling Back” (Directed by Director X (Julien Christian Lutz))
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Count Me Out” (Directed by Dave Free & Kendrick Lamar)
  • Megan Thee Stallion – “Her” (Directed by Colin Tilley)
  • Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” (Directed by Floria Sigismondi)
  • SZA – “Kill Bill” (Directed by Christian Breslauer)
  • Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” (Directed by Taylor Swift) (Winner)
  • Best Cinematography
  • Adele – “I Drink Wine” (Cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra)
  • Ed Sheeran – “Eyes Closed” (Cinematography by Natasha Baier)
  • Janelle Monae – “Lipstick Lover” (Cinematography by Allison Anderson)
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Count Me Out” (Cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra)
  • Miley Cyrus – “Flowers” (Cinematography by Marcell Rev)
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire” (Cinematography by Russ Fraser)
  • Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” (Cinematography by Rina Yang) (Winner)
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Fall Out Boy – “Love From The Other Side” (Visual Effects by Thomas Bailey and Josh Shaffner)
  • Harry Styles – “Music For A Sushi Restaurant” (Visual Effects by Chelsea Delfino and Black Kite Studios)
  • Melanie Martinez – “VOID” (Visual Effects by Carbon)
  • Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl” (Visual Effects by CameoFX)
  • Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” (Visual Effects by Max Colt / FRENDER)
  • Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” (Visual Effects by Parliament) (Winner)
  • Best Choreography
  • BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom” (Choreography by Kiel Tutin, Sienna Lalau, Lee Jung (YGX), Taryn Cheng (YGX)) (Winner)
  • Dua Lipa – “Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album)” (Choreography by Charm LaDonna)
  • Jonas Brothers – “Waffle House” (Choreography by Jerry Reece)
  • Megan Thee Stallion – “Her” (Choreography by Sean Bankhead)
  • Panic! At The Disco – “Middle Of A Breakup” (Choreography by Monika Felice Smith)
  • Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” (Choreography by (LA)HORDE – Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel)
  • Best Art Direction
  • boygenius – “the film” (Art Direction by Jen Dunlap)
  • BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom” (Art Direction by Seo Hyun Seung (GIGANT))
  • Doja Cat – “Attention” (Art Direction by Spencer Graves) (Winner)
  • Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste – “Candy Necklace” (Art Direction by Brandon Mendez)
  • Megan Thee Stallion – “Her” (Art Direction by Wes Dogan)
  • SZA – “Shirt” (Art Direction by Kate Bunch)

Best Editing
BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom” (Editing by Seo Hyun Seung (GIGANT))
Kendrick Lamar – “Rich Spirit” (Edited by Grason Caldwell)
Miley Cyrus – “River” (Edited by Brandan Walter)
Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire” (Edited by Sofia Kerpan and David Checel) (Winner)
SZA – “Kill Bill” (Edited by Luis Caraza Peimbert)
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” (Edited by Chancler Haynes)

Video Vanguard Award
Shakira (Winner)

Global Icon Award
Diddy (Winner)