Missy Elliott to Receive Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 VMAs

Missy Elliott

This year's VMAs will celebrate a true legend of music videos by giving the Video Vanguard Award to none other than rapper Missy Elliott.

To celebrate the award, MTV is hosting a pop-up Celebrate the Museum of Missy Elliot event in NY on August 24 and 25 featuring installations inspired by Elliott's videos.

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.

Missy took to Twitter on Monday after the big announcement to react to the news. "I Thank my FANS "Supafriends" who fought diligently to see this day come @KidFury @crissles who rooted for years 4 me I am crying happy tears".

Somoene said: 'FINALLY! This is honest to god overdue and so damn well deserved!' and another follower posted: 'They are giving you your roses while you can smell them!

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She joins a prestigious list of past Vanguard recipients, including Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Guns N' Roses, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Rihanna, and Pink.

The ceremony which airs live on MTV on August 26, will be Missy's first time performing live in over a decade.

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.

TSR writes that 'While many other artists have gotten the award before her, most hip hop fans have long argued that Missy should have received the award several years ago.

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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