By Andrea Dresdale & Deena Zaru
Despite rumors that MTV would change the name of its prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, or not present it this year, the trophy — with that name — will go to Missy Elliott.
Elliott will receive the honor at the 2019 MTV VMAs, which will air live Aug. 26 from Newark, New Jersey at 8 p.m. ET/PT. She’ll celebrate by performing live on the telecast for the first time since 2003.
“Missy’s impact on the music landscape is indelible,” said MTV executive Bruce Gillmer. “Her creative vision across production, performance and songwriting is unmatched.”