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The highly anticipated 2023 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are just hours away, promising an electrifying night of music, entertainment, and memorable performances. Hosted by the talented Nicki Minaj for the second consecutive year, the 39th annual VMAs will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on September 12 at New Jersey’s Prudential Center. For those eager to catch all the action, including the pre-show, we’ve got you covered on how to watch this star-studded event live online.
The excitement begins early with the pre-show, hosted by Saweetie and co-hosted by Nessa, Dometi Pongo, and Kevin Kenney. This pre-show extravaganza starts at 6:30 p.m. ET and promises an array of performances by top artists, including Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Anitta, Demi Lovato, Diddy, and Doja Cat, among others. (For a glimpse of the fashion spectacle at the VMAs, you can check out the full MTV VMAs fashion gallery here.)
For television viewers, the VMAs will be broadcast simultaneously on VH1, MTV2, Comedy Central, CMT, BET, BET Her, Paramount Network, and Nickelodeon. But if you’re among the growing number of cable-cutters, don’t worry; you can still join the fun via live TV streaming platforms like DirecTV and Paramount+. Many of these services offer free trials, making it easy to tune in without a cable subscription.
One of the most eagerly anticipated moments of the evening is Demi Lovato’s return to the VMAs stage after six years. She will perform during the pre-show, building excitement just days before the release of her new album, “Revamped,” which features rock versions of her hit songs. Lovato has secured nominations in two categories: Best Pop and Video for Good, for her single “Swine.”
Another highlight is Karol G, fresh off her U.S. stadium tour, making her first-ever appearance at the VMAs. She’s up for three awards, including the coveted Artist of the Year category, where she competes against industry giants like Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj, and Shakira.
Taylor Swift leads the pack with eight nominations this year, followed closely by SZA with six nods. The Video of the Year category promises fierce competition, with Swift’s “Kill Bill” vying against SZA’s “Attention,” Doja Cat’s “Attention,” Miley Cyrus’s “Flowers,” Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl,” Olivia Rodrigo’s “Vampire,” and Sam Smith and Kim Petras’s “Unholy.”
In the Artist of the Year category, Taylor Swift faces off against Beyoncé, Doja Cat, Karol G, Nicki Minaj, and Shakira, making it one of the most hotly contested awards of the night.
To ensure you don’t miss a moment of the 2023 VMAs, you can stream the event live online through the official MTV website or via popular streaming platforms carrying the broadcast. For the latest updates and additional streaming options, be sure to check local listings and visit the official MTV website.
The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards promise to be a night to remember, with outstanding talent, electrifying performances, and fierce competition in the award categories. Make sure to mark your calendar and get ready to enjoy the show from the comfort of your home, wherever you are in the world.