It’s been a BIG for Missy Elliott, who’s been celebrated in a myriad of ways. Last night (August 25th) the 48-year-old songstress accepted the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs, capturing an honor that’s been a long time in the making.
From the style direction, set design, special effects and choreography, Elliott’s always brought her A game. Since the 90’s, “Misdemeanor” has been a trailblazer and innovator by utilizing door knocker earrings, finger waves, puffer jackets and baggy sweats. For as long as the Virginia native has been at the forefront of creating unforgettable music videos, it was, somewhat, surprising to her fans that she had not received the MTV Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, one of the most coveted honors celebrating music videos.
Since the very first award was first conferred on David Bowie in 1984 it has since gone to several artists whose legendary work arrived long after Elliott’s reign — including Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Rihanna and P!nk.
I am Humbly Grateful to be receiving the MichaelJacksonVideoVanguard Award😭🙏🏾❤️ I Thank my FANS “Supafriends” who fought diligently to see this day come🙏🏾@KidFury @crissles who rooted for years 4 me🙏🏾 I am crying happy tears😭Thank you God @MTV @vmas am SO HUMBLED🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/udfhBNc78k
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 12, 2019
Surrounding the hype of her VMA appearance comes her newest album Iconology, and a pop-up exhibition in NYC where patrons could get their pictures taken in front of a variety of Missy-themed backdrops, including a classroom reminiscent of “Gossip Folks” and an outer space set akin to the one constructed for “Sock It 2 Me.” Tickets sold out in 60 seconds in a testament to the long-standing influence she has had on music and visual culture.