Is Beyoncé attending the 2023 VMAs? Fans have various theories

Beyoncé and the MTV Video Music Awards have a long and memorable history. Over the years, fans have watched the "Break My Soul" hitmaker make her solo debut on stage at the VMAs, announce her first mid-pregnancy performance and win the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. So, naturally, the "Beyhive" wants to know: Will Beyoncé attend and perform at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards?

Even though Queen Bey isn't officially on this year's list of confirmed performers (which includes Demi Lovato, Doja Cat, Diddy, Olivia Rodrigo, Shakira, and more), she was nominated in the prestigious Artist of the Year category and has performed in three Society award categories include Summer Show, Summer Song and Album of the Year.

Given her nomination, many fans believe Beyoncé will indeed appear at this year's ceremony, which takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on September 12 — the same night Beyoncé presented the award There were very "suspicious" gaps in the ceremony. Her ongoing Renaissance tour schedule.

"Wait, the VMAs are coming up and there's a gap in Beyoncé's schedule. Do we have a show?" one hopeful fan wrote on Twitter. Another commented: "I believe Beyoncé will perform at the VMAs on September 12th or announce something." Meanwhile, a member of the Beyhive also noted, "Beyoncé’s every album has performed at the MTV VMAs." So it's surprising that the 2023 VMAs actually started without Beyoncé on the pink carpet or at the awards ceremony.

As mentioned, some of Beyoncé's most iconic stage moments have occurred at the MTV Video Music Awards, most recently at the 2016 ceremony, where she took home eight gongs , and performed a series of stunning Lemonade hits, including "Hold Up," "Don't Hurt Yourself," and the lead single "Formation."