Missy Elliott has been lauded as a visionary ever since she first the hiphop scene over two decades ago. In the years since then, she’s consistently released some of music’s most conceptually and aesthetically adventurous music videos, always maintaining her status as a hiphop icon through public performances and one-off singles rather than studio albums.
Now, MTV will be honoring Elliott as an audiovisual trailblazer with the 2019 Video Vanguard Award at the upcoming VMAs.
With this long-awaited triumph, Elliott will become the first female rapper to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at MTV’s annual VMA ceremony. (Interestingly enough, MTV has no plans of renaming the award in the wake of HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary, though the teaser for the ceremony doesn’t mention Jackson’s name.)
Just like past honorees, she will also be performing at the show prior to her acceptance speech, marking her first performance at the VMAs in 16 years. “Missy’s impact on the music landscape is indelible,” said Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent at MTV International in a statement.
“Her creative vision across production, performance, and songwriting is unmatched.”
Elliott has been nominated for 41 VMAs and won seven, including 2003’s Video of the Year award for her “Work It.” This has been a year filled with honors for the pioneering femcee.
This spring she earned an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music, and in June she became the first female hiphop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
She’s currently hard at work finalizing her first album in 14 years, and just teamed up with Lizzo for her “Tempo” music video last month. In addition to the award, MTV has also announced plans for a pop-up museum dedicated to the rap legend’s videography in New York City on August 24th and 25th before the VMA ceremony the following day.
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