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Published: Fri, August 12, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Rihanna to Receive Video Vanguard Honor at 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

Rihanna to Receive Video Vanguard Honor at 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

Rihanna will receive MTV's lifetime achievement award at the August 28 Video Music Awards (VMA) show, MTV said on Thursday, joining the likes of Kanye West, Madonna and Beyonce.

Here's hoping Rihanna has something just as memorable up her sleeve.

The award, created in 1984 and later named after Michael Jackson when he received it in 1991, is MTV's answer to a lifetime achievement award and is meant to honor artists whose careers have impacted pop culture in a major way. Rihanna is also expected to perform.

Previous recipients of the coveted award include the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Kanye West.

The pop/R&B powerhouse is being recognized for her 10-year impact in the music, fashion and film worlds as well as her philanthropic endeavors. She'll also be taking the stage to perform during the star-studded ceremony.

MTV announced the news on Thursday that they wanted to honor the eight-time Grammy victor when the show airs August 28 from New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Drake, "Best Male Video" for her feature on Calvin Harris' "This Is What You Came For", and two in the "Best Collaboration" category for both songs.

The VMAs will air live on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Beyonce leads all nominees with 11 for her hit album Lemonade, while Adele follows with eight, thanks mainly to her comeback single Hello, from her latest project, 25.

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