NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Nicki Minaj speaks onstage at the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey.

Nicki Minaj shut down the house with her 2022 MTV VMAs performance. The Queens rapper played multiple roles throughout the night including her stellar performance, hosting, and accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

After a four-year hiatus, the Queens rapper returned to the VMAs stage to perform a medley of her greatest hits including “Super Bass,” “Anaconda,” “Moment 4 Life,” and her latest hit “Super Freaky Girl.” The performance was followed by a video montage of her fans who expressed their deep appreciation for her artistry.

The rapper then took the stage where she got emotional about receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award as she thanked other artists who helped make her career successful. “I wrote people who gave me huge opportunities that I’ll never forget: Kanye West, Beyoncé, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Eminem, Britney Spears, Rihanna. Thank you for everything,” she said.

Nicki got emotional as she brought up the late Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston in her speech as she highlighted the importance of mental health awareness: “I don’t know why y’all but this was in my spirit to say. I wish that Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were here. I wish that people understood what they meant and what they were going through. I wish people took mental health seriously even for the people who you think have the perfect lives,” she said.

Take a look at Nicki Minaj’s speech and performance as well as other hip-hop performances from the night below:

  • Nicki Minaj's Performance

    Nicki performs her classic hits such as “Beez in Trap,” “Super Bass,” “Anaconda,” and more.

  • Nicki Minaj's Speech

    Nicki Minaj accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

  • Jack Harlow "First Class"

    Jack Harlow brought out Fergie for his song “First Class.” The track samples Fergie’s 2006 “Glamorous.”

  • Snoop Dogg and Eminem

    Snoop Dogg and Eminem performed “From the D 2 the LBC” from the Metaverse.

  • Latto "It's Givin"

    Latto peformed “It’s Givin” from her 777 album.

  • Lizzo "About Damn Time" and "2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)"

    Lizzo performs “About Damn Time” and “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)” off of her latest album Special.

  • JID "Dance Now"

    JID performed “Dance Now” on the Extended Play Stage.

  • Flo Milli "Conceited

    Flo Milli performed “Conceited” on the Extended Play Stage.

  • Marshmello ft. Khalid "Numb"

    Marshmello and Khalid performed “Numb.”

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