Will MTV Strip Michael Jackson's Name From Coveted Vanguard Award?

MTV has announced that Missy Elliott will become the first female rapper to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

The MTV recognition is another accolade for the five-time Grammy Award-winning artist who has been described as “one of the most significant female artists in contemporary music history.’

That praise of Elliott came from the Songwriters Hall of Fame which earlier this year inducted her into the HOF as an “across-the-board cultural icon.’

The music network agrees, honoring Elliott for her body of work, multiple honors, and ultimately her vision and her transformational impact on the global music scene.

“Missy’s impact on the music landscape is indelible,’ Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Viacom and Co-Brand Head, MTV International said in a news release. “Her creative vision across production, performance and songwriting is unmatched.’

She will receive the award at the annual MTV “VMAs’ to be handed out on Monday, Aug. 26. She also will perform live at show, marking her first appearance on the awards program sine 2003.

Elliott has achieved unprecedented success in a male-dominated genre, selling more than 30 million records worldwide. Known for classic hit singles, “Work It,’ “Get Ur Freak On’ and “WTF (Where They From),’ Elliott leads the field in her innovation, creativity and influence on other artists.

The rapper is a two-time Video of the Year at the VMAs for “Lady Marmalade,’ a collaboration with Lil Kim Christina Aguilera, Mya and Pink and for “Work It.’

The only female rapper to have six studio albums certified platinum, including her debut 1997 album “Supa Dupa Fly,’ and 2002 blockbuster “Under Construction,’ Elliott joins a prestigious list of past Vanguard recipients, including Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Rihanna and P!nk.

The award, of course, is named for Michael Jackson, another musical icon who’s more tarnished these days. There is talk and a bet at MyBookie about whether his name should be taken off the longtime award.

His name was mentioned in the announcement of the award, but in ads on TV the honor is just called the Video Vanguard Award.

In an item on the New York Post’s “Page Six,’ an unnamed source said that the networks is considering removing his name from the award due to the fallout from the documentary “Finding Neverland.’

In the film, originally screened at Sundance and airing wide on HBO, tells the story of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who both allege that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. The Jackson estate has denied allegations made in the film and has filed a lawsuit against HBO.

“There’s a lot of heated discussion at the network about how to handle the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award this year, and it’s getting ugly,’ Page Six reported the source as saying in late July. “There’s talk about if they should change the name, or get rid of it altogether.’

Obviously, the music network has chosen to move forward with the award, though it still may not bear Jackson’s name when it is awarded to Elliott.

MyBookie is offering odds if the King of Pop’s name will be on the award when the “VMAs’ air.

Will MTV remove Michael Jackson’s name from the Video Vanguard Award in 2019?

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Our Pick: YES

MTV’s “Video Music Awards’ will be shown on all channels of the music network on Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. Comedian and author Sebastian Maniscalco will host.