Nicki Minaj, 40, is seat to host the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards Tuesday, September 12, amid career drama due to legal woes. Getty Images
The VMAs are getting Super Freaky again.
Reassuming her role as head-Barb-in-charge at MTV’s Video Music Awards, Nicki Minaj is set to serve as the host of this year’s fab fête live from New Jersey’s Prudential Center on Tuesday, September 12.
“For the second consecutive year, Minaj will announce the show’s star-studded lineup of performers, presenters and winners,” raved MTV of the 40-year-old Queens native in a press release. The “Barbie World” lyricist will, too, beguile VMAs viewers with a world premiere performance of her newest single, “Last Time I Saw You,” during the swank shindig.
The hosting gig will be one of Minaj’s most public appearances in the recent past after months of being out of the limelight. In June, the “Anaconda” mastermind was hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit by an artist claiming she “directly copied” his beat for her 2014 track “I Lied.” In 2021, singer Tracy Chapman also won $450,000 in a previous copyright suit against Minaj.
But the “Queen” rhymer isn’t letting legal woes knock off her crown.
Minaj — who’s racked up six nominations this year, including the ”Best Hip-Hop” category, as well as the sought-after “Video of the Year” and “Artist of the Year” — previously slayed as host alongside rappers LL Cool J, 55, and Jack Harlow, 25, at the 2022 VMAs.
But this time, the “Starships” superstar is flying solo.
She’ll singlehandedly helm the hoopla as top-contender of the night Taylor Swift, 34, stands to take home a whopping eight moon people trophies across a multitude of categories such as “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year.”
“HE’S BACK!!!,” read a tweet via Lil Wayne’s official X account of the 40-year-old emcee and close friend of Minaj. “[Lil Wayne] is hitting the #VMAs stage for the first-ever performance of his new song ‘Kat Food!.’”