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Missy, who is the recipient of MTV’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, is recognized for her catalogue of hits including “Get Ur Freak On,” “I Can’t Stand The Rain,” and “Lose Control.” Missy will be presented the Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 26.


The Virginia rapper will join the ranks of fellow icons like Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Madonna, and last year’s recipient, Jennifer Lopez, with the prestigious prize, which honors an artist’s remarkable body of work. For Elliott, that means celebrating over 20 years of art that redefined the music video landscape as we know it.

With a long-awaited seventh album on the way, Elliott’s reign as rap royalty is far from over, as is her standing as a VMA legend. Along with receiving the Video Vanguard Award, she’ll also hit the stage for what’s sure to be an explosive live performance that’ll have everyone losing control — don’t miss(y) it.