Missy Elliott to Receive Video Vanguard at MTV VMAs 2019
Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Madonna, and Jennifer Lopez are the names who have received MTV VMA Video Vanguard. This year, the Virginia rapper Missy Elliott will join the ranks of those pop icons with the prestigious prize, which honors an artist’s remarkable body of work.
It means she’s celebrating the art that redefined the music video landscape over two decades. Beginning with her debut music video for “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” in 1997, she has been responsible for some of the boldest looks, flyest choreography, and wildest visual effects were seen onscreen. That includes the afrofuturistic “She’s A Bitch,” the funky-fresh “Gossip Folks,” and the legendary hip-hop song “Work It.”
Elliott has a long, prosperous history with the VMAs. She won seven Moon Person trophies, including Video of the Year in 2003 for “Work It” and Best Hip-Hop Video in 2005 for “Lose Control.”
She’s also hit the VMA stage three times before, including “Get Ur Freak On” (medley) and “One Minute Man” in 2001, and an appearance in 2006 during which she recreated her “The Rain” look (Jeep, blow-up suit, and all) in tribute to longtime collaborator Hype Williams, who received that year’s Vanguard Award.
Besides, don’t miss Missy Elliott iconic Video Music Awards 2019 live performance from The Prudential Center on Monday (Aug. 26) at 9 p.m. local time.