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Missy Elliot to become first female rapper to receive a Michael Jackson MTV’s Video Vanguard Award

The iconic American rapper, Missy Elliot sets record as she becomes the first ever female rapper to receive a Video Vanguard Award.

The announcement was made on Monday, August 12.

In addition to receiving the prestigious award, the legend will return to the VMA stage for her first performance in 16 years.
(how cool is that?)

Fans of Missy Elliot have petitioned MTV for years will are thrilled with the news

Speaking on the announcement Missy Elliot states, “I am Humbly Grateful to be receiving the MichaelJacksonVideoVanguard Award. I Thank my FANS ‘Supafriends’ who fought diligently to see this day come,” tweeted Missy, while thanking some of her supporters by name. “I am crying happy tears Thank you God.”

Missy joins past Video Vanguard honorees including Micheal Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihana, Justin Timberlake, and Jennifer Lopez who received the award last year.

Missy has been in the game for about 3 decades and she has made a lot of impact.

Bruce Gillmer, MTV International co-brand head and Viacom music and music talent head, referred to her creative skills, performance and songwriting skills as “unmatchable”.

The VMAs will air live from Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Monday, Aug. 26.