Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Missy Elliott to Receive Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at 2019 VMAs

Missy Elliott to Receive Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at 2019 VMAs

Her remarkable career as a trailblazing singer/songwriter, rapper, producer and overall musical visionary is one that has influenced popular culture for over two decades.

Missy Elliot will receive the Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 VMA's. "I Thank my FANS "Supafriends" who fought diligently to see this day come", tweeted Missy, while thanking some of her supporters by name.

To celebrate, Elliott, 48, shared a video of her picture inside the spacesuit of MTV's signature moonman.

"Missy's impact on the music landscape is indelible", Bruce Gillmer, MTV International co-brand head and Viacom music and music talent head, told Variety.

Since her debut video for "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" in 1997, where she sported an inflated trash bag with confidence and charisma, Elliott has been a powerhouse on the music video scene with an oddball, eccentric and creative style that's inspired generations after her.

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Leading up to the awards, MTV will partner with Pepsi to celebrate Elliott's career with fan tributes and a pop-up museum in New York City (on August 24 and 25) filled with tributes to Elliott's most groundbreaking music videos and costumes.

Past recipients of the coveted honor include Michael Jackson (whom the award was renamed for in 1991), Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, to name just a few. In addition to bringing home a new trophy, the "Get Ur Freak On" rapper will also take the stage at the annual show for the first time since 2006.

Inspired by "Work It", MTV "flipped and reversed" its press release about Elliott, sending it out backwards and upside down.

To say that Missy Misdemeanor Elliott deserves the award would be an understatement, hence why fans have been calling out for her to be a recipient for many years. She is a five-time Grammy victor and the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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