Missy Elliott Receives Video Vanguard Award At The 2019 MTV VMAs

Carla Harmon
August 13, 2019

MTV announced Monday that Elliott will be the recipient of the 2019 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which recognizes iconic artists whose creativity in the music and visual spaces have made an everlasting impact on the culture. "I Thank my FANS "Supafriends" who fought diligently to see this day come", tweeted Missy, while thanking some of her supporters by name.

Jennifer Lopez was the 2018 victor of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. She's also hit the VMA stage three times before, including a medley of "Get Ur Freak On" and "One Minute Man" in 2001, and an appearance in 2006 during which she recreated her "The Rain" look (Jeep, blow-up suit, and all) in tribute to longtime collaborator Hype Williams, who received that year's Vanguard Award.

She continued and said: "I am crying right now so thankful I didn't know if I would ever receive this but I want y'all to know I do not take it for Granted I am GRATEFUL @atlanticrecords @monascottyoung Thank you Dear God!" Earlier this year, she became the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriting Hall of Fame.

Elliott has a long, prosperous history with the VMAs - she's won seven Moon Person trophies, including Video of the Year in 2003 for "Work It" and Best Hip-Hop Video in 2005 for "Lose Control".

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will host the 2019 VMAs live from Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Monday, August 26, 2019.

Missy is a five-time Grammy victor who has sold over 30 million records worldwide.

Missy joins past Video Vanguard honorees including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, and Jennifer Lopez, who received the award previous year.

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