Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
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Michael Jackson Video Vanguard 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

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.

List of recipients

Year Image Recipient(s) Notes Ref.
David Bowie in 1987
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 in 1964
The Beatles Presented by Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers of The Police. The Beatles created short films for several of their songs.
Richard Lester in 2014
Richard Lester Lester directed several short films for The Beatles, among them, A Hard Day's Night.
David Byrne in 1978
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.
Godley & Creme
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 Rybczy?ski
Zbigniew Rybczy?ski Presented by the Pet Shop Boys. Rybczy?ski was honored for his work as a filmmaker and music video director.
Peter Gabriel in 1986
Peter Gabriel Presented by Laurie Anderson. Gabriel also won Video of the Year in the same night. [6]
Julian Temple in 2010
Julien Temple Presented by David Bowie. Temple was honored for his work as a music video director.
Michael Jackson in 1988
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 in 1988
George Michael Presented by Madonna, honored George Michael for his music videos from Faith. [9]
Janet Jackson in 2008
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 in 2006
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 in 2006
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 in 2006
Tom Petty Presented by Billy Corgan. [14]
The Rolling Stones in 1981
The Rolling Stones Presented by Jann Wenner. Given as Lifetime Achievement Award.
R.E.M. in 2003
R.E.M. Presented by Drew Barrymore. [15]
Mark Romanek in 2010
Mark Romanek Romanek was honored for his work as a music video director. [16]
LL Cool J in 2007
LL Cool J Presented by Mariah Carey, LL Cool J became the first rap artist to receive this award.
Beastie Boys in 2007
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 in 2005
Red Hot Chili Peppers Presented by Chris Rock and Lance Crouther. [19]
U2 montage
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 passed away. [20]
Duran Duran in 2005
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 in 2011
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 in 2014
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 in 2013
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 in 2008
Kanye West Presented by Taylor Swift. During his acceptance speech, West claimed he would run for president in 2020. [28]
Rihanna in 2013
Rihanna Presented by Drake after several medley performances during the ceremony. [29]
Pink in 2013
Pink Presented by Ellen DeGeneres after a seven-minute medley of her greatest hits. [30]
Lopez in 2014
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]
Elliott in 2006
Missy Elliott Presented by Cardi B. Elliott is the first female rapper to receive this award. [32]

See also


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  11. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 1991". MTV. Retrieved 2012.
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  13. ^ Willman, Chris (September 11, 1992). "With 3 Awards, Van Halen Tops U2, Nirvana and Chili Peppers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016.
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  16. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 1997". MTV. Retrieved 2012.
  17. ^ Tardio, Andres (August 29, 2015). "Kanye West Will Join These Elite Rappers As A VMA Vanguard Winner". MTV News. Retrieved 2015.
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  23. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 2006". MTV. Retrieved 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 2015.
  26. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 2013". MTV. Retrieved 2014.
  27. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 2014". MTV. Retrieved 2015.
  28. ^ Zaru, Deena (September 6, 2015). "Kanye West declares 2020 presidential bid at VMAs". CNN. Retrieved 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  29. ^ "Drake Presents Rihanna With the Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 VMAs". Billboard. August 29, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  30. ^ "Pink Set to Receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award At 2017 VMAs". Billboard. Retrieved .
  31. ^ Nolfi, Joey; Longo, Joseph (August 20, 2018). "Jennifer Lopez shines in MTV VMAs Vanguard Award performance medley". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018.
  32. ^ Roth, Madeline (August 12, 2019). "Missy Elliott, Culture-Shifting Visionary, Is Your 2019 VMA Video Vanguard". MTV.com. Retrieved 2019.

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