Beyoncé to Be Graced with Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at MTV VMAs

By Courtney E. Smith

MTV announced today (Aug. 7) that Beyoncé will be given the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

The show, which will be broadcast live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., will also include a performance from the singer, who is up for eight awards including Video of the Year for “Drunk In Love.”

She has previously won 11 VMAs.

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MTV unveiled a promo for the Beyoncé award and performance compiling various looks from her Beyoncé visual album and set to the music of Led Zeppelin.

The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award is only given sporadically and the list of past winners include Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.

What Beyoncé will perform has not yet been announced, but if she chooses to perform “***Flawless,” as she has on the On the Run tour, it will include a sampled speech on feminism from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Self-described non-feminists Katy Perry, who is a fellow nominee, and Taylor Swift are expected to be in attendance.


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