Songwriters Hall of Fame member Missy Elliott to receive MTV Video Vanguard Award at VMAs

Missy Elliott will receive a Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).

The 48-year-old rapper will collect the accolade – which is awarded for her music video contributions over the years – at this year’s VMAs, which takes place at the Prudential Center in New Jersey on August 26th.

Bruce Gillmer, head of music and music talent at Viacom and co-brand head at MTV International, said: “Missy’s impact on the music landscape is indelible.

“Her creative vision across production, performance, and songwriting is unmatched.”

Missy will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Rihanna, Madonna, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Kanye West when she collects the prize.

The ‘Work It’ hitmaker will perform at the ceremony for the first time in 16 years.

Taylor Swift will also take to the stage to sing at the event, in what will be her first televised performance since the release of her new album ‘Lover’, which hits shelves just three days before. The 29-year-old star leads the nominations alongside Ariana Grande with both up for 10 awards, including the coveted Video of the Year accolade for ‘You Need to Calm Down’ and ‘Thank U, Next’ respectively.

According to a previous post on The Sauce, in May earlier this year, Missy Elliot was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music degree from Berklee College of Music. According to a statement from Berklee, Melissa Arnette also known as Missy Elliot was  for her achievements and influences in music, and for her enduring global impact.”

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