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This legend is finally getting some of the props she deserves and we STAN!
Missy Elliott will be this year’s recipient of the Michael Jackson video vanguard award at the 36th annual MTV VMA’s; and she’s the first female rapper to receive it! The news comes on the heels of the rapper getting inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame back in June.
And get this, she is also only the fourth rapper to ever receive the award. LL Cool J won in ’97, Beastie Boys in ’98 and we all remember Kanye in 2015.
Some were wondering if MTV would drop Michael Jackson’s name from the award, this is the first time it’s being presented since HBO’s documentary Leaving Neverland; but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The king of pop was presented with the vanguard award in 1988 and it was named after him three years later.
The VMA’s will air on Monday August 26th and Missy Elliott is also set to perform among many other acts. This performance will be her first at the VMAs since 2003! Peep the legend’s post about the news below:
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I am Humbly Grateful to be receiving the MichaelJacksonVideoVanguard Award😭🙏🏾❤️ I Thank my FANS “Supafriends” who fought diligently to see this day come🙏🏾 @KidFury @crissles who rooted for years!❤️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!!! @MTV @vmas am SO HUMBLED🙏🏾 #VA hometeam! two up two down❤️ lastly the WHOLE DANCE COMMUNITY❤️🙏🏾#ThrowItBack #ThrowItBack