Missy Elliott to Receive Video Vanguard Award

Hip-hop legend Missy Elliott will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 Video Music Awards (VMA) later this month, MTV has announced.

The rapper will also perform live at the awards ceremony, returning to the VMA stage for the first time since 2003, according to a release from the television station. She is also making history as the first female rapper to win the award, Billboard reported.

Elliott becomes the fourth rapper to win the award, following other legendary rap artists like LL Cool J, Kanye West, and the Beastie Boys. She also joins artists like Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, and Janet Jackson in winning the prestigious award, according to MTV News. MTV called the rapper “one of the most influential musicians known for elevating other music artists.”

“Missy’s impact on the music landscape is indelible,” Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Viacom and Co-Brand Head, MTV International, said in a statement. “Her creative vision across production, performance and songwriting is unmatched.”

On Twitter, the rapper thanked her fans and expressed her gratitude for the honor.

“I am Humbly Grateful to be receiving the [Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award]. I Thank my FANS “Supafriends” who fought diligently to see this day come,” the rapper wrote on Twitter. “I am crying happy tears. Thank you God.”

This is not the first time Elliott has won an award at the VMAs. She has won seven Moon Person trophies, including Best Hip-Hop Video in 2005 for “Lose Control” and Video of the Year in 2003 for her song “Work It.” Elliott took to the VMA stage and performed a medley of “Get Ur Freak On” and “One Minute Man” in 2001. She made a special VMA appearance in 2006 and recreated her “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” look while giving tribute to Hype Williams who received the Vanguard Award that year.

In addition to all of her VMA awards, Elliott has won four Grammy awards and has 22 Grammy nominations. The rapper won Best Short Form Music Video in 2005 for her song “Lose Control” featuring R&B singer Ciara and rapper Fatman Scoop. The Grammy award-winning rapper also won Best Female Rap Solo Performance for two straight years for her songs “Scream a.k.a Itchin” in 2002 and “Work It” in 2003, the Grammy website states. She won her first Grammy award in 2001 for her song “Get Ur Freak On.”

The rapper has also made history this year by becoming the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Elliott is also the third rapper to receive the award since 1989.

“I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 Song Writers Hall of Fame also those who were nominated because their body of work is AMAZING,” Elliott tweeted earlier this year. “I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL to now be inducted also I [love] you all.”

Although the “Get Ur Freak On” rapper has not released an album since The Cookbook in 2005, she has teased to her fans that she is working on new music. In April, Elliott posted a video of herself on Instagram dancing to the song “Keep on Moving” by Soul II Soul with a caption stating that she just wrapped up “a long project.”

“I just finished a long project I been working on since last year [and] this my mood “Keep On Movin” I’m bout to show y’all I’m on some next ish,” Elliott wrote in the caption.

That same month, Elliott posted a gif of herself to Twitter telling her fans about the “big project.” “Thank God I just finished a big project today [and] it has been a very intense no sleep 5 weeks working on this since last year,” she previously tweeted. “I been sick on and off from weather change and this pollen has been kicking my a— but it will be all worth it! I’m EXCITED.”

In addition to honoring her with the award, MTV is also partnering with Pepsi to host a pop-up fan event called the “MTV & Pepsi Celebrate the Museum of Missy Elliott,” in New York City from August 24 to 25, according to the release. Fans will be able to walk through installations and see Elliott’s music videos and costumes.

The 2019 VMAs will be hosted by comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on August 26. To watch Elliott receive her award, the show will air on MTV’s global network channels in more than 180 countries and territories.


About the Author

Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in the various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.