The VMA’s Video Vanguard Award is barely given to progressive artists whose cultural impression has resonated through the years, and this yr’s recipient is not any exception. On August 12, it was introduced that Missy Elliott can be honored with the coveted prize on the present on Monday, August 26.
“I’m Humbly Grateful to be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award 😭🙏🏾❤️,” Elliott, 48, wrote concerning the information by way of Instagram earlier this month. “I Thank my FANS ‘Supafriends’ who fought diligently to see at the present time come🙏🏾 @KidFury @crissles who rooted for years!❤️I’m crying proper now so grateful 😭 I didn’t know if I’d ever obtain this however I need y’all to know I don’t take it for Granted I’m GRATEFUL.”
The Virginia native, born Melissa Arnette Elliott, bought her begin as part of the R&B woman group Sista — previously Fayze. The act dropped their first and solely album, four All of the Sistas Round da World, in 1994.
Elliott continued to hustle, working with longtime pal and former neighbor Timbaland to assist create songs for artists equivalent to Future’s Youngster, SWV and the late Aaliyah. Nevertheless, she would ultimately drop her debut solo file, Supa Dupa Fly, in 1997.
Her success as a standalone expertise has included a number of hits all through her decades-long profession, together with “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It” and “Lose Management.”
The “Cross That Dutch” rapper is a four-time Grammy winner, having obtained her first in 2001 for Finest Rap Solo Efficiency for “Get Ur Freak On.” She additionally grew to become the primary feminine rapper — and third rap artist general — to be inducted into the Songwriters Corridor of Fame in June.
“Each time God decides to name, I wish to have that legacy of having the ability, not simply music or movies that folks thought had been nice,” she instructed Marie Claire for its August 2019 cowl story. “Mary [J. Blige], Religion [Evans], Puff [Sean Combs], all of them taught me so many issues. I wish to be that particular person that folks say, ‘Hey, Missy mentioned she did it like this.’”
The 2019 Video Music Awards will air reside on MTV Monday, August 29, at eight p.m. ET. For extra on Missy Elliott’s inspiring profession, take a look at Us Weekly’s video above!
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