Missy Elliott To Receive The Video Vanguard Award At 2019 VMAs
More than 20 years after “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” Missy Elliott will receive one of the highest honors for music videos. The Portsmouth, Virginia MC/producer has been confirmed to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the upcoming 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. The televised ceremony will broadcast live from Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center on August 26. With the award, the 48-year-old will perform on the VMAs stage for the first time in 16 years.
Variety confirmed the news, along with the fact that MTV is keeping Michael Jackson’s name attached to the coveted honors following reports that the network may remove it. Jackson received the trophy in 1988, four years after its inception. In 1991, the prize was renamed after The King Of Pop. This year’s event host is Sebastian Maniscalco.
Last year’s Vanguard winner was Jennifer Lopez. In Hip-Hop, other winners include LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, and Kanye West. Hype Williams, who directed more than 10 of Missy’s visuals, including 1997’s breakthrough “The Rain,” has also received the honors.
Since the 1990s, Missy used the medium to be just as creative as her flows and wordplay. From liquid-filled suits to outer-space worlds (that some speculate predicted the Gmail logo) to back-to-the-essence dance, DJ’ing, and fashion, Elliott’s videos did all of that. Meanwhile, these visuals not only pulled Rap away from some of its materialism on display; they also presented talented women in a non-sexualized way. In music and in video, Missy reached the top of Rap and pop culture through being a visionary creative above all else.
Missy Elliott has previously received a Grammy Award for her videos in the form of a 2006 win for “Lose Control.” Earlier this year, Elliott was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. She also appeared on Lizzo’s video single, “Tempo.” In early 2018, Elliott received the Essence Black Women In Music Award. Upon receiving the trophy from Janet Jackson, the veteran MC/producer got emotional while telling the audience about her longtime battle with Graves Disease.