The Most Iconic Moments From the 2023 MTV VMAs


| LAST UPDATE 09/13/2023

By Kenzie Rose
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From Ice Spice winning Best New Artist to the show celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, there were many memorable moments at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites from the night!

The MTV Video Music Awards had it all this year. There were iconic wins, unforgettable performances, and surprising reunions that brought everybody to their feet. One of our favorite moments was the performance featuring WAP collaborators Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. Cardi came down from the ceiling on a disco ball while Thee Stallion joined her on stage with a group of backup dancers. The two rappers sang their latest collab together, Bongos, for the first time, and the crowd went wild! Now we know what’s going to be playing nonstop in our house. Ice Spice took the award for Best New Artist at the award ceremony. The 23-year-old rapper got teary-eyed as she accepted her award. She said, “Thank you so much. Thank you MTV. Oh my God, this is so cool.” Then, she gave a special shoutout to her hometown, “Shout out the Bronx. Period!” The rapper skyrocketed to fame with the song Munch (Feelin’ U) on TikTok. Since then, she’s been featured in collabs with Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.

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Diddy was awarded the 2023 Global Icon Award, and he left nothing on the table with his celebration. He rapped through some of his greatest hits, including Another One of Me and Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down. His son, King Combs, was on stage rapping with him. When he finished his performance, his longtime friend and music icon Mary J. Blige and his daughter, Chance, presented him with his trophy. During his speech, Diddy said, “This is a dream come true for me.” With the 50th anniversary of hip-hop this year, MTV had to celebrate in a big way, and they lived UP to the task. Hip-hop legends like Slick Rick, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj sang a medley of the genre’s greatest hits from the past five decades. What a way to honor the genre on this major milestone. They closed out the show with this epic finale.

The night also featured performances from Demi Lovato, Shakira, and *NSYNC. Tay Swift also won big with nine awards. What a night!

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