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.”