Missy Elliott is set to be the latest artist to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.
Not only will Elliott receive the honour, she will also perform on the VMA stage for the first time in 16 years.
“Missy’s impact on the music landscape is indelible,” said Bruce Gillmer, MTV International co-brand head and Viacom music and music talent head. “Her creative vision across production, performance and songwriting is unmatched.”
Elliott, a five-time Grammy Award winner and the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, has sold more than 30 million records worldwide, thanks to hits like 'Hot Boyz', 'Work It,' 'Get Ur Freak On' and 'WTF (Where They From).' She is the only female rapper to have six studio albums certified platinum.
She’s never been deterred by people saying her musical inclination as are too weird for the general public. Missy has made long lasting career on taking risks and those gambles have paid off in unimaginable ways.
Jennifer Lopez was the 2018 winner of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Pink, Rihanna and Kanye West have also received the award in recent years.