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Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award is presented at the MTV Video Music Awards to music performers, recognizing accomplishments in music and film; because of its special acclaim, the award is usually gold-plated rather than the silver plating of the regular "Moonman"/"Moonperson" trophy.[1] The first Vanguard awards were presented in 1984 at the inaugural VMAs, and renamed in 1991 in honor of Michael Jackson. The award is also given to music video directors who have created some of the most acclaimed music videos aired by the network.[2] Awarded corporately, it is not given annually, and in certain years it was presented under the name Lifetime Achievement Award.

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
Awarded forContributions through the visual arts
CountryUnited States
Presented byMTV
First awarded1984
Last awarded2019
Most Recent Winner(s)Missy Elliott
WebsiteVMA website

List of recipientsEdit

Year Image Recipient(s) Notes Ref.
David Bowie Presented by Herbie Hancock. David Bowie worked with Mick Rock to shoot some of the earliest music videos in the 1970s. [3]
The Beatles Presented by Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers of The Police. The Beatles created short films for several of their songs.
Richard Lester Lester directed several short films for The Beatles, among them, A Hard Day's Night.
David Byrne Presented by Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. Byrne was honored for his work with Talking Heads. [4]
Russell Mulcahy Presented by John Taylor and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran and The Power Station. Mulcahy was honored as the director of The Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star", the first video played on MTV.
Kevin Godley & Lol Creme Godley & Creme were acclaimed music video directors.
Madonna Presented by Robert Palmer. Madonna achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Her videos have depicted controversial subjects such as teen pregnancy, racism, religion, sex, and violence. She is the first woman to receive this award. [5]
Zbigniew Rybczyński Presented by the Pet Shop Boys. Rybczyński was honored for his work as a filmmaker and music video director.
Peter Gabriel Presented by Laurie Anderson. Gabriel also won Video of the Year in the same night. [6]
Julien Temple Presented by David Bowie. Temple was honored for his work as a music video director.
Michael Jackson Presented by Peter Gabriel. Michael Jackson changed the music video from a mere promotional tool featuring musicians playing instruments and singing, to "short films" with a storyline. His video "Thriller" influenced and changed music videos into what they are like today. [7]
George Michael Presented by Madonna, honored George Michael for his music videos from Faith. [9]
Janet Jackson Her music videos from the 1980s became a catalyst for MTVs developing demographics. Her visuals included Broadway-style choreography and militant iconography, also imbuing her performances with a socially conscious message. She is the first African-American woman, and second overall, to receive this award. [10]
Bon Jovi & Wayne Isham Presented by Arsenio Hall. Isham directed several music videos for Bon Jovi. Renamed Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from this year. [11]
Guns N' Roses Presented by Queen members Roger Taylor and Bryan May. The group's frontman Axl Rose finished his acceptance speech by saying "And, oh yeah, this has nothing to do with Michael Jackson. Thank you." [12]
Tom Petty Presented by Billy Corgan. [14]
The Rolling Stones Presented by Jann Wenner. Given as Lifetime Achievement Award.
R.E.M. Presented by Drew Barrymore. [15]
Mark Romanek Romanek was honored for his work as a music video director. [16]
LL Cool J Presented by Mariah Carey, LL Cool J became the first rap artist to receive this award.
Beastie Boys Chuck D of Public Enemy delivered a glowing appraisal of the band before presenting them with the award. Upon receiving the award, Adam Yauch took the opportunity to speak his mind on some political issues, condemning military aggression in the Middle East. [18]
Red Hot Chili Peppers Presented by Chris Rock and Lance Crouther. [19]
U2 Presented by Carson Daly. U2 invited the remaining members of the punk group Ramones to honor the memory of lead singer Joey Ramone, who recently died. [20]
Duran Duran Given as Lifetime Achievement Award. [22]
Hype Williams Presented by Kanye West in honor of his work as a music video director. [23]
Britney Spears Presented by Lady Gaga, as her male alter ego Jo Calderone. The award was given after a choreographed tribute of Spears' greatest hits. She became the third woman to win the award. [24]
Justin Timberlake Presented by Jimmy Fallon. The award was preceded by a fifteen-minute performance of his greatest hits, including a mini reunion with NSYNC. Timberlake also won Video of the Year in the same night. [26]
Beyoncé Presented by her husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy Carter after a sixteen-minute medley of her self-titled fifth studio album, she became the second African-American woman, and fourth overall, to win the award. [27]
Kanye West Presented by Taylor Swift. During his acceptance speech, West claimed he would run for president in 2020. [28]
Rihanna Presented by Drake after several medley performances during the ceremony. [29]
Pink Presented by Ellen DeGeneres after a seven-minute medley of her greatest hits. [30]
Jennifer Lopez Presented by Shawn Mendes after a ten-minute medley of her greatest hits. She is the first Latin artist to receive this award. [31]
Missy Elliott Presented by Cardi B. Elliott is the first female rapper to receive this award. [32]

See alsoEdit


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  17. ^ Tardio, Andres (August 29, 2015). "Kanye West Will Join These Elite Rappers As A VMA Vanguard Winner". MTV News. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
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  20. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 2001". MTV. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
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  22. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 2003". MTV. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
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  25. ^ B. Vary, Adam (August 28, 2011). "MTV 2011 VMAs: Lady Gaga, in Drag, Cannot Stop Mugging Through Britney Spears Tribute". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  26. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 2013". MTV. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  27. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 2014". MTV. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  28. ^ Zaru, Deena (September 6, 2015). "Kanye West declares 2020 presidential bid at VMAs". CNN. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  29. ^ "Drake Presents Rihanna With the Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 VMAs". Billboard. August 29, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  30. ^ "Pink Set to Receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award At 2017 VMAs". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  31. ^ Nolfi, Joey; Longo, Joseph (August 20, 2018). "Jennifer Lopez shines in MTV VMAs Vanguard Award performance medley". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  32. ^ Roth, Madeline (August 12, 2019). "Missy Elliott, Culture-Shifting Visionary, Is Your 2019 VMA Video Vanguard". Retrieved August 12, 2019.

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