Nicki Minaj named recipient of prestigious VMAs award

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Nicki Minaj takes the microphone during a performance. Getty

Nicki Minaj is not only going to be performing live at the VMAs for the first time since 2018, but she also is going to be honored. Nicki Minaj will receive MTV’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

“Nicki has broken barriers for women in hip-hop with her versatility and creative artistry,” said Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events, Paramount, and Chief Content Officer, Music, Paramount+. “She has shifted the music industry and cemented her status as a global superstar with her crossover appeal, genre-defying style, and continuing to be unapologetically ‘Nicki’.”

She is a 17x nominee who has already won five VMA trophies. In 2011, Nicki Minaj took home her first VMA after winning Best Hip Hop Video – a category she has been nominated for again this year.

Keep an eye out for her new single dropping on Aug. 12, “Super Freaky Girl”.