Rapper, producer and songwriter Missy Elliott will receive MTV’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on Aug. 26 at the 2019 VMAs, Variety has learned, where she will perform live at the awards show for the first time in 16 years.
Missy Elliott, a five-time Grammy Award winner and the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, has sold more than 30 million records worldwide, thanks to hits like “Work It,” “Get Ur Freak On” and “WTF (Where They From).”
Jennifer Lopez was the 2018 winner of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Pink, Rihanna and Kanye West have also received the award in recent years.
In spite of recent reports that MTV was considering changing the name of the award in the wake of backlash from recent documentary “Leaving Neverland,” the network has not done so.
Though the award is still technically called the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, MTV refers to it simply as the Video Vanguard Award in its video teaser for the VMAs.