MTV VMAs: Ashanti Shares Special Nod to Nelly After Reigniting Romance

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What’s Luv? Just ask Ashanti.

After reigniting her romance with Nelly after 10 years, the singer sported a special nod to her love at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards. (See all the stars on the red carpet here.)

While walking down the carpet at New Jersey’s Prudential Center Sept. 12, the 42-year-old paired her shimmering gown with a clutch bearing a photo of the duo.

“I just thought it was cute,” Nelly told E! News, “not a huge deal, but this is the picture we took 20 years ago at the VMAs in ’03. So I said, ‘Eh, this might be cute.'” (For more from the VMAs, tune into E! News tonight at 11 p.m.)

What’s more, Ashanti teased at new songs in the near future. “I have new music coming,” she said. “I just shot a video in Bermuda, came out amazing.”

And being at the VMAs remains an unforgettable experience for her.

“It just feels amazing, coming out of COVID and being here today in such a great space in music and with women,” she continued. “It’s a blessing. so I’m just happy to be here.”

One day prior to the VMAs, Nelly confirmed that he and Ashanti were giving their romance one more try after breaking up in 2013.

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“I think it surprised both of us, though,” he admitted on Boss Moves with Rasheeda Sept. 11, per USA Today. “It wasn’t anything that was like, I don’t think, planned. I think we both was pretty much doing what we do. But sometimes being separate, you understand one another more, where you could be like, ‘Well, yo, let me exactly see, maybe, what they see.'”

Keep reading to see all the stars arrive at the 2023 MTV VMAs.

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Nicki Minaj

In Dolce & Gabbana.

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Chase Stokes and Kelsea Ballerini

Her in Mônot.

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Shakira with sons Milan & Sasha

In Versace.

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Taylor Swift

In Versace dress and Ariel Saidian, Anita Ko, and Maria Tash jewelry.

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Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick & Justin Timberlake of *NSYNC

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Selena Gomez

In Oscar de la Renta dress and Jimmy Choo shoes.

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Emily Ratajkowski

In Jean Paul Gaultier dress and Melissa Kaye jewelry.

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Doja Cat

In Oscar De La Renta.

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Dove Cameron

In Coach dress and Simon G jewelry.

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Tiffany Haddish

In Jason Wu.

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Charli D’Amelio

In Shushu/tong.

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Lil Nas X

In Palomo Spain.

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Olivia Rodrigo

In Ludovic de Saint Sernin.

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Cardi B

In Dilara Findikoglu

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Megan Thee Stallion

In Brandon Blackwood.

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Sabrina Carpenter

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In Area.

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Ice Spice

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Dixie D’Amelio

In Maticevski.

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Sofia Carson

In Alexandre Vauthier

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Bebe Rexha

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Madelyn Cline

In Givenchy

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Demi Lovato

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In Schiaparelli.

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Coco Jones

In Moschino.

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Nelly Furtado

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Karol G

In Ashi Studio dress and Jacob & Co. jewelry.

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Chlöe Bailey

In Roberto Cavalli.

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Reneé Rapp

Watch the 2023 MTV VMAs on Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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