Written by Giavanna Foster

Missy Elliott received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 VMAs. Here is a quick recap:

The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award is gold-plated. This special award preserves Michael Jackson’s pioneering legacy as an iconic singer, performer, dancer, and humanitarian. Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, and “Thriller” transformed the world of music videos and revolutionized the MTV channel. The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recognizes artists who gave memorable contributions in dance, film, and music.

Missy Elliott is the first female rapper to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Missy received recognition for her pioneering legacy as well as her iconic and groundbreaking music videos. She joins The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, and Janet Jackson as artists who received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Missy Elliott acknowledged Michael Jackson’s pioneering legacy and thanked God during her acceptance speech. She wore gold “Iconic” hoop earrings, which matched the gold-plated award.

“This Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award means so much to me. I have worked diligently for over two decades and I never thought that I would be standing up here receiving this award… I ain’t here to change nobody but I know the God that I serve has gotten me this far,” Missy Elliott said.

Missy Elliott thanked a list of people including Busta Rhymes (one of her inspirations), Peter Gabriel, and Janet Jackson. Lastly, Missy dedicated the award to international dance communities and acknowledged a group of young dancers. During Missy’s acceptance speech, she expressed her appreciation of dance as a performing art as group of dancers stood onstage.

“Lastly, I want to dedicate this award to the dance communities all around the world. When y’all get on the stage with these artists, y’all are not just props. Y’all are the icing on the cake, y’all are the beat to the heart. I dedicate this to every dance community out there,” Missy voiced.