2023 VMA First Round of Performers Announced

by Laura DeSiena
2023 VMAs

Demi Lovato, Karol G, Måneskin, and Stray Kids are amongst the star-studded talent set to take the stage LIVE at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Tuesday, September 12 at 8:00 p.m. Hosted at New Jersey’s Prudential Center for a second year in a row, the current lineup features veteran performers alongside historic first-time appearances by some of music’s hottest stars.

2023 VMAs: The Lineup

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato | Photo courtesy of Prudential Center

Veteran to the VMA stage, 14x nominee Demi Lovato returns for an electrifying performance for the first time in six years. Her past VMA appearances have been nothing short of memorable, from her show-stopping debut in 2015 “Cool for the Summer” to her cheeky rendition of “Sorry Not Sorry” just two years later. As a highly acclaimed artist, she also took home the award in 2012 for “Best Video with a Message.” This year, Lovato is up for two more awards, including the two categories of “Best Pop” and “Video for Good.” Additionally, her highly-anticipated new rock album, REVAMPED is scheduled to be released only days following the performance on September 15th. The album features rock renditions of her great hits, such as Cool For The Summer (Rock Version) and Confident (Rock Version).

Karol G

Karol G | Photo courtesy of Prudential Center

Columbian global music sensation Karol G is set to make history as she awakens “Bichota Season” on stage for her debut VMA performance. The songstress is no stranger to record-breaking achievements as she has earned the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart as the first woman to ever debut at #1 with an album in Spanish. Taking a break from her first-ever stadium tour, Karol G is competing for a VMA win as a first-time nominee, up for three awards, including one of the most prestigious categories, “Artist of the Year.”


Måneskin | Photo courtesy of Prudential Center

4x nominated Italian rock band Måneskin prepares for their sophomore year return to the iconic VMA stage for a global live launch of their new single “HONEY (ARE YOU COMING?),” releasing September 1. Last year’s debut US award show appearance boasted a historic win for the group as they acclaimed the award for “Best Alternative.” Måneskin continues to break boundaries with their latest album RUSH!, which is expected to surpass one billion streams. The global rock sensation continues to dominate records for their nomination for “Best Rock” as they are the first Italian act to be nominated in a main show category for two consecutive years in a row. 

Globally acclaimed South Korean K-POP boy band, Stray Kids, are set to embark on their first-ever US performance of “S-CLASS”, the latest breaking single of their top-charted #1 album 5-Star. The group is vying for a chance to take home their first-ever MTV award as they are nominated for “Best K-pop”, the very category that earned them their introductory nomination in 2022.    

2023 VMAs: Additional Nominations

Artists who received the most nominations include mega superstar Taylor Swift with eight total nominations, followed by R&B star SZA with six. Additionally, stars like Doja Cat, Kim Petras, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo, and Sam Smith have received five each, along with BLACKPINK, Diddy, and Shakira, who have received four total nominations. To cast your vote, visit MTV’s voting page here. Fans can cast their votes up to 10 times per day.

To catch these show-stopping performances, tune into the broadcast live on MTV the night of September 12. If cable isn’t your thing, there are streaming options available via platforms like Sling TV, DirectTV Stream, Philo, fuboTV, and Paramount+. If you prefer live performances to be truly present, all remaining ticket information—including private suites and lofts for purchase—can be found on Prudential Center’s official website here.

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Laura DeSiena is a certified Jersey Girl with a passion for music, playing the guitar, and binge-watching 90’s sitcoms. As an aspiring writer and author, she hopes to publish a book someday. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her browsing the shelves of Barnes & Noble in search of her next read.

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