Missy Elliott Set to Receive Vanguard Award

During this year’s Video Music Awards, we’ll be at home in our best garbage bag suits and black shades, tick-tocking to The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly), because the honorable Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott is the recipient of the 2019 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.


  • Let’s review her resumé for those who don’t know who she is or why this is hella important. Elliott boasts; 74 singles; 44 as a featured performer; 40 songs on Billboard; 22 years in the rap game; 20 solo music videos; 13 top 10 hits; 6 platinum-selling albums; 5 time Grammy winner; 5 time VMA winner; 3 number one hits, and is now the FIRST female rapper to receive the award. Now, this is how you become Queen of rap.
  • Controversy swept the awards last year when Jennifer Lopez was the recipient of the award. However, many thought Elliott was being snubbed after posting on Twitter that she was not listed despite the rumors, but humbled by the love from fans. Elliott will be the 35th artist to win the award.



  • Consequently, Twitter users took to the platform to express their disappointment.

  • In a bid to right their wrong, MTV decided that there was no other person more fitting for the award this year than Missy Elliott. “[Missy’s] creative vision across production, performance and songwriting is unmatched,” said Bruce Gillmer, MTV International co-brand head. “[Her] impact on the music landscape is indelible.”
  • In contrast, while some are flipping and reversing to the news (see what I did there), others are calling for a renaming of the award as a result of the Leaving Neverland accusations. Rumors were circulating about the possibility of a name change, however, MTV will keep the full name: The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

Nonetheless, it’s about damn time Missy Elliott gets recognized and awarded for her creativity and willingness to make weird and silly unique. Sound off in the comments how you feel about MTV keeping Michael Jackson’s name, and most importantly your favorite Missy Elliott video. Be sure to catch the iconic moment and the first performance from the rapstress on the VMA stage in 16 years, on August 26 at 8 p.m. on Vh1 and MTV.