The VMAs Are Coming to Prudential Center

by Lauren Kim
The Prudential Center

The 39th MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) will be held in Newark at New Jersey’s Prudential Center on Sunday, August 28th, 2022.

 “Our 2019 show in Newark was undoubtedly one of our biggest and most successful shows yet and we’re excited to bring back the incredible fan energy for one of music’s most anticipated and iconic nights.” said Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events, Paramount and Chief Content Officer, Music, Paramount+. 

The show will begin at 8 p.m. ET/PT LIVE airing from MTV’s global footprint of linear and digital platforms in over 170 countries with over 30 languages available. The VMAs will simulcast on The CW Network for the third consecutive year. The reach of this digital platform makes the show available to an expanded broadcast audience, in addition to BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TVLand and VH1. 

The 2022 Nominees

MTV just recently unveiled the highly-anticipated nominations for the 2022 VMAs. These artists have culturally impacted the music industry over the past year and have worked toward stimulating global conversations. Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas X lead this year’s nominations with seven each, followed closely by Doja Cat and Harry Styles with six each, and Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd with five. 

Jack Harlow and Lil Nas X’s collaboration on “INDUSTRY BABY” certainly contributes to their impressive seven nominations. The momentum started after the pair performed live on the 2021 VMAs stage alongside Kendrick Lamar, who has been nominated for the first time since 2018. 

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Nicki Minaj to receive MTV’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and Perform at the 2022 VMAs | Photo Courtesy of Universal Music Group

The most awarded artist in MTV history with a whopping 20 wins and 69 nominations is Madonna. She has become the only artist to be nominated in each of the VMAs five decades (1980s-2020s) through her nomination for “Madame X”.

This year also welcomes 26 first-time nominees, including Baby Keem (4), MTV PUSH artist GAYLE (2), Kacey Musgraves (2) and Måneskin (2), all receiving multiple nods. Other first-time nominees include Anitta, Becky G, Dove Cameron, Karol G, ITZY, JID, Muni Long, Tems, Wet Leg and more.

How to Cast Your Vote

Beginning today, fans can vote for their favorites across 22 gender-neutral categories including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year” and “Best Collaboration”. Viewers can also vote for nominees in this year’s newest categories: “Best Longform Video” and “Best Metaverse Performance”. Cast your vote by visiting now until Friday, August 19, 2022 presented by this year’s presenter  – Burger King®. Voting for “Best New Artist,” is presented by EXTRA® Gum, and will remain active until the show on Sunday, August, 28, 2022. Nominations for social categories, including “Group of the Year” and “Song of Summer,” will be announced at a later date.

Get your tickets to see the magic of the VMAs in person here. Additional details will be announced closer to the show. Follow @MTV and @VMAs on social to keep up with all-things #VMAs.

About the Author/s

Lauren is the Editorial Assistant Intern at New Jersey Digest. She is a rising sophomore at Rutgers University New Brunswick where she studies Journalism & Media Studies. She was most drawn to the storytelling aspect of The Digest's publication. When she's not reading or writing, you can find her at the all-you-can-eat sushi buffet eating an obscenely large, yet affordable meal, or running the trails of South Jersey. She looks forward to writing articles that tell a story and continuing her sushi escapades all throughout this summer.

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