VMAs 2023: Watch All of the Performances

Olivia Rodrigo, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Wayne, Doja Cat, Anitta, Demi Lovato, and more performed during the broadcast
Olivia Rodrigo at 2023 MTV Video Music Awards
Olivia Rodrigo, September 2023 (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for MTV)

MTV’s Video Music Awards took place last night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and here’s where you can see all the performances. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion came together to give “Bongos” its live debut, and Lil Wayne performed his new song “Kat Food” for the first time, too. Elsewhere, Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Demi Lovato, and Karol G took the stage, as did the K-pop groups Stray Kids and Tomorrow X Together. Anitta and Måneskin both returned to the VMAs for the second year in a row, before a grand finale celebrating hip-hop’s 50th anniversary united Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, LL Cool J, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, Doug E. Fresh, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

Taylor Swift and “Anti-Hero” led the field this year, winning seven of the eight main awards for which she was nominated. (She lost out to Olivia Rodrigo’s “Vampire” in Best Editing.) The Midnights single won Video of the Year over SZA’s “Kill Bill,” one of the R&B singer’s six nominations behind SOS.

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After bringing “Envolver” to the VMAs last year, Brazilian pop star Anitta returned to perform a medley of hits from Funk Generation: A Favela Love Story.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion brought their new single, “Bongos,” to the stage for the first time. It’s the first collaboration from the hip-hop superstars since their 2021 blockbuster, “WAP.”

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

The VMAs honored the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with a decade-sprawling mega-medley. Groundbreakers Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, Doug E. Fresh, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five performed, along with LL Cool J, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato played some rock songs from Revamped.


As part of the proceedings for his Global Icon Award, VMAs mainstay Diddy, who first played the ceremony in 1997, performed for the first time since hosting in 2005.

Doja Cat

Doja Cat’s appearance at the VMAs was her first televised outing since she started releasing material from Scarlet, her forthcoming follow-up to 2021’s Planet Her.

Fall Out Boy

Four-time VMA winners and 16-time nominees Fall Out Boy played their Billy Joel redux “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”


Best New Artist nominee Kaliii followed her summer song with Fifty Fifty, “Barbie Dreams,” with a performance on the Extended Play Stage.

Karol G

Colombian pop phenom Karol G took a break from her stadium tour to bring her Bichota Season mixtape to the VMAs for her debut at the show.

Kelsea Ballerini

Country star Kelsea Ballerini celebrated her 30th birthday with her VMAs debut, delivering a world premiere performance of “Penthouse” from her new EP, Rolling Up the Welcome Mat (For Good).

Lil Wayne

Along with partaking in the VMAs’ centerpiece tribute to hip-hop, Lil Wayne debuted his new single, “Kat Food,” in a medley with “Back That Azz Up” and “Uproar.”


The high-drama Italian rock band Måneskin returned to the VMAs for the second straight year to play “Honey (Are U Coming?).”

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

Metro Boomin made his VMAs debut with the first broadcast performance of his singles “Superhero (Heroes & Villains),” with Future, and “Calling,” with A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Swae Lee, and Nav.

Nicki Minaj

Along with emceeing the full show and joining the star-studded hip-hop anniversary celebration, the Queen of the Barbz made a solo showing to play “Last Time I Saw You” ahead of Pink Friday 2.

NLE Choppa Featuring Nelly

Memphis rapper NLE Choppa played the pre-show in support of recent album Cottonwood 2 and new single “It’s Getting Hot.” He was joined by Nelly.

Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo performed two new songs from her album Guts: “Vampire” and “Get Him Back!”

Peso Pluma

Peso Pluma supported his landmark album Génesis by delivering his inaugural VMAs performance, as well as competing for Best New Artist, Best Latin, and Song of the Summer.

Reneé Rapp

The Best New Artist nominee just released the Billboard hit LP Snow Angel, and she celebrated with a performance on the Extended Play Stage.

Sabrina Carpenter

Beloved pop singer Sabrina Carpenter played during the 90-minute pre-show special, following her shows opening for Taylor Swift on the Eras Tour.


Honored with this year’s Video Vanguard Award, Shakira performed a medley of her hits.

Stray Kids

Stray Kids debuted at the VMAs with the U.S. broadcast premiere of “S-Class,” from the K-Pop outfit’s recent album 5-Star. They also competed in the Best K-Pop category for the second time and won their first Moon Person.

Tomorrow X Together Featuring Anitta

The K-pop stars premiered a new single with Brazilian sensation Anitta ahead of their third studio album, The Name Chapter: Freefall.

The Warning

Fresh from opening for the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, and Muse, sister act the Warning made their U.S. television debut on the Extended Play Stage.

This article was originally published on Tuesday, September 12, at 10:29 a.m. Eastern. It was last updated on Wednesday, September 13, at 11:33 a.m. Eastern.