IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME: Missy Elliott to Become First Female Rapper to Receive MTV’s Video Vanguard Award

Missy Elliott, one of the most iconic players in the history of music videos, will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.
MTV announced Monday that Elliott will also perform on Aug. 26 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

In addition to accepting the award, Missy will perform at the ceremony. “Her creative vision across production, performance and songwriting is unmatched,” said Viacom head of music and talent Bruce Gillmer.

Since her debut video for “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” in 1997, where she sported an inflated trash bag with confidence and charisma, Elliott has been a powerhouse on the music video scene with an oddball, eccentric and creative style that’s inspired generations after her.

Other past honorees include J-Lo, Pink, Kanye, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Hype Williams (a longtime Missy collaborator and the director of her “She’s a Bitch” and “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” videos), Madonna, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, George Michael and David Byrne. David Bowie was the first recipient of the award, back in 1984.

In conjunction with the award, MTV and Pepsi are hosting a pop-up “Museum of Missy” in New York City on August 24 and 25. The exhibit will immerse visitors in “Elliott’s most groundbreaking music videos and costumes,” according to a press release. Location and ticketing details are yet to be announced.

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