It looks like all that work, work, work, work paid off! Rihanna is set to follow in the very successful footsteps of previous winners Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce.
Rihanna is set to receive the highest honor at the VMAs –the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award,” for her decade-long impact on music, pop culture, fashion, film and philanthropy. She is also set to perform during the ceremony live from Madison Square Garden.
Rihanna has taken home two “Video of the Year” VMAs and is the youngest solo artist to score 14 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Of course, she’s created multiple memorable music videos including “Umbrella” to “We Found Love,” “Diamonds” and her most collaboration with Drake on “Work.”
Rihanna joins the prestigious list of past Vanguard recipients including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Kanye West.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) August 11, 2016
Rihanna recently chatted with Vogue magazine about her newest album, Anti, saying that the first song on the album really sets a new tone for her.
“I just felt really connected to [“Consideration”] recording. I felt like, if any recording could represent this album, whether it’s sonically, whether it’s the sound of my voice, whether it’s the attitude, whether it’s lyrically. The beat,” she told the magazine. “Everything is so demanding, and it grabs your attention right away. And I felt like that was important, especially after such a long time between albums.”
For her first single from the album, “Work,” it was important for her to be a party and to describe her Caribbean roots.
“It was just supposed to be a dancehall party,” she said. “Just like a party that we would go to in the Caribbean and just dance and drink and smoke and flirt and really just enjoy the music. It’s like when your favorite song comes on. And that was the moment that was captured in the video.
The 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards” will air live from Madison Square Garden on Sunday, August 28 at 9p.m. ET/PT.