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Senior Issue 2024
June 5, 2024

VMA’s 2023 Recap: The Golden Year

VMAs 2023 Recap: The Golden Year

On September 12th, 2023 the annual MTV Viewer’s music awards took place in Prudential Center, New Jersey. This years VMAs were hosted by Nicki Minaj.

The VMAs, or The Viewers Music Choice Awards, is an American award show presented by the cable channel MTV to honor the best in music video medium and to also honor multiple artists on their successful music over the past year. The VMAs do not just present the music of the year, but also music shows, photo shoots, and performances from popular celebrities in general.

A number of our favorite music artists and celebrities showed up at the VMAs this year such as Ice Spice, Cardi B, Meghan Thee Stallion, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters and more. Some of the award categories for this year were Song of the year, Best Rock Performance, and Best Push Performance.

Many iconic events  such as Shakira crowdsurfing, Olivia Rodrigro fooling everyone when her set “fell apart” and casually changing her outfit in the middle of it, and Nicki Minaj hosting the VMAs once again in an iconic dress and having an amazing performance overall happened this year at the award show, adding to the overall excitement in the atmosphere.

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However, although one to remember, the event show had its issues.

The changing time between performances was too long for the fans and viewers to enjoy. This issue was brought up multiple times and was labeled as “unprofessional”.

Another issue noted was Taylor Swift’s wins. Swift won 9 different awards, most for her recent song “Anti-Hero”. This has given the viewers very mixed reactions, both negative and positive.


Here are the winners and nominees of these categories:

 Video Vanguard
Taylor Swift
New Artist
Ice Spice
Stray Kids
Taylor Swift
Song of the Year
Taylor Swift
Push Performance
Sugar Rush Ride
Song of the Summer
Jungkook, Latto
Alternative Video
Lana Del Rey, Jon Batiste
Visual Effects
Taylor Swift
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift
Global icon
Shakira, Karol G
Taylor Swift
Pop Video
Taylor Swift
Selena Gomez
Show of the Summer
Taylor Swift
Best Rock Performance         Måneskin


The VMA’s this year were a major success with new artists such as Peso Pluma, Metro Boomin, and Ice spice getting the recognition they deserve. Let’s see what next years VMA’s bring.


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