On a lighter note, on Sunday Minaj also shouted out her influences (Lil Wayne, Foxy Brown, Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z); “all of Jamaica”; and, of course, her Barbz. She also thanked her many collaborators that gave her “huge opportunities that I will never forget,” like Kanye West, Beyoncé, Madonna, Eminem, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Drake… and, surprisingly, her former American Idol Season 12 nemesis Mariah Carey, with whom she dueted on “Up Out My Face” very early in her career. Later, when she picked up the Best Hip-Hop Award, she graciously namechecked many other artists that she didn’t have time to mention earlier, including Fergie (who was a surprise VMAs performer Sunday with Jack Harlow), Taylor Swift, Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Ciara, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Keyshia Cole, Gucci Mane, Puff Daddy, Salt-N-Pepa, Kid ‘n Play, Nas, 50 Cent, LL Cool J, G-Unit, and Lil Baby.
The 2022 MTV Music Awards, which Minaj co-hosted with LL Cool J and Harlow, took place Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Other performers included K-pop group BLACKPINK, country crooner Kane Brown, Italian glam-rock band Måneskin, emo veterans Panic! At the Disco, EDM star Marshmello with Khalid, Lizzo, Eminem and Snoop Dogg, Latin sensations Anitta, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin, and Global Icon Award recipients the Red Hot Chili Peppers. For a complete list of winners, click here.