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MTV’s Video Music Awards hails Nicki Minaj with Video Vanguard Award

It’s all Nicki’s world, we just live in it

LiFTED | Marcus Aurelius | 30 Aug 2022

MTV started off as a channel that only played music videos. Although the network has changed its strategy over the years, they do know how much work artists put into their videos, so the Video Music Awards show is always a highlight of the year. This past Sunday, the stars were out as they celebrated all the videos from 2021 and 2022. Here were some of the highlights:

Jack Harlow/Fergie ‘First Class/Glamourous’

When Jack Harlow teased a snippet of ‘First Class’ on his social media at the beginning of the summer, the buzz was unmistakable and soon his ‘Glamourous’-sampling song went to number one on the Billboard charts. To kick off the show, Jack did a verse of his song, then kicked it over to Fergie for her to do the live mash-up.

Snoop Dogg/Eminem ‘From the D 2 the LBC’

Usually with these two OGs, it’s a homerun every time, but coming live from the metaverse and shilling Bored Ape NFTs, Em and Snoop seemed like they were trying too hard to reach a younger audience. At least they did their final bit live, which turned a disappointing performance into a party.

Nicki Minaj ’Super Freaky Girl’

The reason everyone was excited about this year’s MTV Video Awards is that they were presenting the Queen of Hip Hop, Nicki Minaj with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. This award has gone out to the heavy-hitters in the industry over the years like Beyoncé, Madonna, Missy Elliot, and David Bowie, just to name a few. Nicki proved that she belongs to be mentioned in that rare air as she gave her first televised performance since 2018 when she did her latest chart-topping single, ‘Super Freaky Girl’ as well as a medley of her other famous hits including ‘Anaconda,’ ‘Superbass,’ and more.