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Missy Elliott is going to make history at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. The first female Hip Hop artist inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame will also become the first female rapper to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

On (August 12), MTV revealed Missy would be honored with the Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 VMAs. The announcement comes a year after some reports mistakenly said she would be getting the 2018 edition of the prize, which ended up going to Jennifer Lopez.

Missy reacted to her growing list of achievements, which include having the Top 3 entries on HipHopDX’s ranking of the 20 best rap albums by women, via Instagram.



“I am Humbly Grateful to be receiving the MichaelJacksonVideoVanguard Award,” she wrote. “I Thank my FANS ‘Supafriends’ who fought diligently to see this day come @KidFury @crissles who rooted for years! I am crying right now so thankful.”

She added, “I didn’t know if I would ever receive this but I want y’all to know I do not take it for Granted I am GRATEFUL @atlanticrecords @monascottyoung Thank you Dear God!!! @MTV @vmas am SO HUMBLED #VA hometeam! two up two down lastly the WHOLE DANCE COMMUNITY #ThrowItBack #ThrowItBack.”

Missy will only be the fourth Hip Hop act to obtain MTV’s Video Vanguard Award. LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys and Kanye West have previously received the accolade, which was first presented at the inaugural VMAs in 1984.



The 2019 VMAs are scheduled to take place August 26 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The show will air at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific across multiple Viacom-owned channels, including MTV, VH1 and BET.

Revisit some of the videos that helped Missy earn this year’s Video Vanguard Award below.

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