Rihanna To Receive The MTV Video Vanguard Award At The VMAs

Christina Lee | August 11, 2016 12:29 pm
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Rihanna is about to receive a high honor at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Today (August 11), she announced that she is this year’s recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Previous honorees include Michael Jackson himself, Madonna, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé and Kanye West.

Rihanna launched her career more than a decade ago as the island girl next door, as seen in videos for “Pon De Replay” and “Don’t Stop the Music.” Since then, however, her videos have become blockbuster affairs inspired by real-life drama, from her past abusive relationships to not-so-secure financial dealings.

Her latest, for ANTI‘s “Needed Me” and directed by Harmony Korine, had her playing a full-blown assassin — and that wasn’t even the first time she plotted revenge in her videos.

See Rihanna’s announcement below.

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