Rapper Missy Elliott has been chosen to receive the Vanguard Award for her career achievements at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night, August 26. She will also perform at the event for the first time since 2003, and there will be a pop-up fan event in New York City on the weekend of August 24-25 that celebrates her work. Viacom’s head of music and talent Bruce Gillmer said in a statement, “Missy’s impact on the music landscape is indelible. Her creative vision across production, performance and songwriting is unmatched.”
Elliott is one of the most successful and prolific female rappers of all time. Her career kudos include 7 Moonmen out of 41 nominations spanning 22 years at the VMAs. That includes Video of the Year as a featured artist on “Lady Marmalade” in 2001 and then again as a lead artist in 2003 for “Work It.” Her last competitive victory was back in 2006 when “We Run This” won Best Special Effects. And her most recent nomination was Best Choreography in 2016 for “WTF (Where They From).”
She has also won 4 Grammys out of 22 nominations including Best Music Video in 2006 for “Lose Control.” She’s one of only two female rappers to earn a nomination for Album of the Year from the recording academy as a solo artist: she contended in 2004 for “Under Construction,” and then Cardi B followed her lead in 2019 for “Invasion of Privacy.”
Now Elliott makes history as the first female rapper to win the Vanguard Award and only the fourth rap artist of any gender to claim the coveted honor. Previously the award has gone to male hip-hop stars LL Cool J (1997), Beastie Boys (1998) and Kanye West (2015). Are you looking forward to seeing Elliott on the VMAs stage for the first time in 16 years?\
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