Kanye West is being invited up on stage at Sunday’s MTV VMAs. The network announced that West will receive the Video Vanguard Award, named for Michael Jacson, because of “his career-spanning groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances, and continued impact on music, art, fashion, and culture.” Among those previously feted with this top honor have been: Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce.
The press release makes mention of West’s performances on the VMAs including: 2013’s “Blood on the Leaves,” “Otis” with Jay-Z” in 2011, the innovative, theatrical staging and visuals of “Runaway” in 2010, his performance debut with auto-tune on “Love Lockdown” in 2008, the hugely-influential, Daft Punk-sampling “Stronger” and “Good Life” with T-Pain in 2007; the mega-hit “Gold Digger” featuring Jamie Foxx in 2005, and his VMA debut performance with a medley of “Jesus Walks/All Falls Down/Through The Wire” featuring Chaka Khan in 2004.
However, it leaves out his most memorable moment at the VMAs, which was back in 2009 when he interrupted Taylor Swift‘s acceptance speech for Best Female Video with “You Belong With Me” to complain that Beyonce should have won for “Single Ladies.” Wouldn’t it be great if Swift, who is nominated for a leading 10 awards this year and five-time nominee Beyonce teamed up to make the presentation?
Swift and Beyonce go head-to-head in three categories this Sunday: Video of the Year, Female Video and Pop Video. For the top prize of Video of the Year Swift is up for “Bad Blood” while Beyonce contends with “7/11.” Also in the running are Kendrick Lamar with “Alright,” Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) for “Uptown Funk,” and Ed Sheeran with “Thinking Out Loud.”
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