Bow down, Barbz. Just days after dropping her long-awaited fourth album, Nicki Minaj will hit the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards for a special remote performance, presented by PEPSI, that's sure to be epic.
How do we know? Because Nicki's given us precisely that no fewer than six times this decade. The rapper made her VMA debut in 2010, performing on the pre-show red carpet, and she's since hit the main stage five times, busting out "Anaconda" in 2014 and "Trini Dem Girls" in 2015, just to name a couple.
Minaj's two most recent VMA performances have seen her sharing the stage — she joined Ariana Grande for "Side to Side" in 2016 and Katy Perry for "Swish Swish" last year — but this time, the queen is ridin' solo. Or, who knows, maybe she'll have a surprise up her sleeve. It's the VMAs, so anything could happen!
Not only is Minaj performing at the August 21 bash — from a secret, iconic location in New York — but she's also looking to take home her fourth Moon Person. The Queen MC's futuristic "Chun-Li" is nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video.
Minaj joins a star-studded roster of artists performing at the 2018 VMAs, including Travis Scott, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Logic with Ryan Tedder, and this year's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard recipient, Jennifer Lopez. And we're not even done rolling out the announcements...
– Madeline Roth
All the music action does not end here — stay tuned at 10pm after the encore screening to catch the premiere of MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay! Catch the likes of Nick Jonas, CL, Alessia Cara and more performing on the Hyperplay stage, along with more exclusive content from that magical weekend.
The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards will begin with the red carpet pre-show at 8am, followed by the awards ceremony at 9am.
Encore timings are at 7pm for the red carpet pre-show and 8pm for the awards ceremony. (All timings stated for SG/MY/PH)