Rihanna To Receive The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award At The MTV VMAs

Allison Bowsher
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She’s found love, she’s shone bright like a diamond, she’s poured it up, she’s worked, she’s pon’d the replay, and now, Rihanna is winning the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV VMAs.

MTV announced today that Rihanna will not only be appearing at the August 28 show to accept the illustrious award when the Video Music Awards take over New York’s iconic Madison Square Gardens, but she’ll also hit the stage to perform. Yassss, Bad Gyal!

Known for her dramatic visuals, Rihanna has explored domestic abuse, substance abuse and crime with many videos taking on the form of short films. Rihanna was the first woman to pass two billion cumulative views on Vevo thanks to her incredible videography of 38 videos from her own discography. With collaborations, Rihanna has appeared in an impressive 52 music videos. Give this woman the Vanguard Award already.

Rihanna will be in good company, with past Vanguard Award recipients including Madonna, Beastie Boys, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and last year’s winner, Kanye West, whose acceptance speech included a bid for the presidential election in 2020.

In addition to the Vanguard Award, Rihanna is also nominated for four VMAs, including Best Female Video for “Work” (featuring Drake) and Best Male Video with Calvin Harris for “This Is What You Came For.” With┬áboth songs nominated,┬áRihanna will be squaring off against herself in the┬áBest Collaboration category.

MTV has yet to announce who will present Rihanna with the award, but we think mentors Jay Z or Kanye West are possibilities. Frequent collaborators and nominees Drake and Calvin Harris or bestie Katy Perry are contenders as well.

It’s been a memorable week for Rihanna, who in addition to being announced as the Video Vanguard winner has also been added to the cast of the upcoming Ocean’s 8 film, which will co-star Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Rihanna is the first performer announced for the 2016 MTV VMAs. Watch the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 28 at 8E/5P on MTV.