MTV confirmed the exciting news on Thursday, adding that the Bajan beauty will be presented with the award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, which are set to take place on Sunday, August 28 at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Rihanna is currently wrapping up the European leg of her ANTI World Tour, but she took a moment to celebrate the honor with a thankful Instagram post shortly after the news was announced.
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Ms. Fenty will join an impressive list of previous MJ Video Vanguard Award recipients including Kanye West, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake. The coveted award is MTV’s equivalent of the Lifetime Achievement Award and was created in 1984 to highlight the achievements of an entertainer who has dominated in music, fashion, film and philanthropy.
Rihanna is nominated in multiple categories at this year’s VMAs, including Best Female Video for “Work” and Best Male Video for her appearance alongside Calvin Harris in “This Is What You Came For.”