The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards took place on Tuesday evening at the Prudential Center in New Jersey, with Nicki Minaj hosting the event for the second year in a row.
This year, many K-pop artists have placed their names on the highly recognized MTV Video Music Awards, including Jungkook, BLACKPINK, SEVENTEEN, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Stray Kids, aespa and FIFTY FIFTY.
TOMORROW X TOGETHER became the first K-pop act to secure a trophy at the award show. They won the Push Performance of the Year award with their title track “Sugar Rush Ride” from their mini-album “The Name Chapter: Temptation,” released in January.
They expressed their appreciation with the words, “We will remember this night forever. Thank you. We love you.”
CONGRATS on taking home your first moonperson!!! pic.twitter.com/0GT8U8btqI
— Video Music Awards (@vmas) September 12, 2023
— MTV (@MTV) September 13, 2023
The K-pop group also performed their new song “Back for More” alongside Brazilian pop star Anitta. This marked their first performance at a major U.S. awards show. In addition to their Push Performance of the Year win, the act was nominated in one other category at the 2023 VMA, including Best K-Pop.
Stray Kids won Best K-Pop with their title track “S-Class” from their third full-length album ★★★★★ (5-STAR). They competed against BLACKPINK, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, aespa, FIFTY FIFTY, and SEVENTEEN.
— Video Music Awards (@vmas) September 13, 2023
Stray Kids took the stage as performers at the VMA for the first time since their debut, presenting their new song “S-Class” to the American audience.
BLACKPINK and Jungkook also snagged awards. The beloved BTS member secured the Song of Summer award with “Seven (feat. Latto),” marking his second consecutive win in this category after his win in 2022 with the collaboration track “Left and Right” alongside Charlie Puth. BLACKPINK clinched Group of the Year and Best Choreography, marking the first time in 24 years that a girl group has won the Best Group award at the VMAs, following TLC’s 1999 win.
See the full winners list below:
Video of the Year: Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Republic Records
Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift – Republic Records
Song of the Year: Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Republic Records (Winner)
Best New Artist: Ice Spice – 10K Projects / Capitol Records (Winner)
Push Performance of the Year: Tomorrow X Together – “Sugar Rush Ride” – Bighit Music / Republic Records (Winner)
Best Collaboration: Karol G, Shakira – “TQG” – Universal Music Latino (Winner)
Best Pop: Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Republic Records (Winner)
Best Hip-Hop: Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl” – Republic Records (Winner)
Best R&B: SZA – “Shirt” – Top Dawg Entertainment / RCA Records (Winner)
Best Alternative: Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste – “Candy Necklace” – Interscope Records
Best Rock: Måneskin – “THE LONELIEST” – Arista Records
Best Latin: Anitta – “Funk Rave” – Republic Records (Winner)
Best K-Pop: Stray Kids – “S-Class” – JYP / Republic (Winner)
Best Afrobeats: Rema & Selena Gomez – “Calm Down” – Mavin Global Holdings Ltd / Jonzing World Entertainment / SMG Music / Interscope Records (Winner)
Video for Good: Dove Cameron – “Breakfast” – Columbia Records (Winner)
Show of the Summer: Taylor Swift
Group of the Year: BLACKPINK
Album of the Year: Taylor Swift – Midnights
Song of Summer: Jungkook (featuring Latto) – “Seven”
Best Direction: Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Republic Records – Taylor Swift (Winner)
Best Cinematography: Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Republic Records – Rina Yang
Best Visual Effects: Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Republic Records – Parliament
Best Choreography: BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom” – YG Entertainment / Interscope Records – Kiel Tutin, Sienna Lalau, Lee Jung (YGX), Taryn Cheng (YGX)
Best Art Direction: Doja Cat – “Attention” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records – Spencer Graves
Best Editing: Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire” – Geffen Records – Sofia Kerpan and David Checel
Video Vanguard: Shakira
Global Icon: Diddy