MTV kicked off the pre-show for the 2023 Video Music Awards on Tuesday.
The preshow, hosted by Saweetie with Nessa, Dometi Pongo and Kevan Kenney, will air live on MTV, MTV2, CMT and Logo from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM PT. It will also be streamed live on MTV’s YouTube channel. Artists also include NLE Choppa and Sabrina Carpenter.
Saweetie returns to the awards show after winning the VMA for Best Art Direction with Doja Cat in 2021, and has also been nominated three times.
Watch a livestream of the pre-show below and stay tuned The Hollywood Reporter throughout the night to see which artists will take home an MTV “Moonman” trophy this year.
Taylor Swift and SZA lead the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards with the most nominations. The “Anti-Hero” singer is up for eight awards, while the “Kill Bill” artist has six nominations.
Both Swift and SZA are also competing in the top category, video of the year, alongside Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat and Kim Petras and Sam Smith. It’s also the first year in which female nominees have dominated the show’s top category.
As for artist of the year, another big category: Swift, Beyoncé, Minaj, Shakira, Karol G and Doja Cat are all in the running.
Performers for the evening include Nicki Minaj, who also serves as host, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Kelsea Ballerini, Anitta, Tomorrow X Together, Demi Lovato, Karol G, Måneskin, Stray Kids, Fall Out Boy and more.
The 2023 VMAs will air live from the Prudential Center in New Jersey starting at 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET.