After hitting Brooklyn’s Barclays center in 2021, the MTV Video Music Awards returned to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Sunday

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 Nicki Minaj, who recently earned her first solo No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Super Freaky Girl,

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  was named the 2022 VMAs Video Vanguard Award winner, putting her into a rarified category that includes Michael Jackson

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 Madonna, Missy Elliott and other pop culture royalty. Additionally, Minaj co-hosted the show alongside LL Cool J and Jack Harlow.

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 Red Hot Chili Peppers, who were the 2022 VMAs Global Icon Award recipients, also performed on the show.

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 Harlow opened the evening with his own “First Class” and a surprise appearance — Fergie, the Dutchess herself,

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 joined him on the VMAs stage to perform “Glamorous,”

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 her Hot 100-topping single that his own Hot 100 topper “First Class” samples.

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  Additionally, the VMAs saw performances from a huge list of genre-crossing artists:

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