Joining the ranks of Beyonce and Kanye West, Rihanna will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony. The network announced the news on Thursday, August 11.
The pop/R&B powerhouse is being recognized for her 10-year impact in the music, fashion, pop culture and film worlds as well as her philanthropic endeavors. Along with receiving the esteemed award, Rihanna will also open up the show with a live performance at Madison Square Garden.
Riri has also bagged four VMA nods: Best Female Video for the Drake-assisted “Work,” Best Male Video for her contributions to Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For” and two in the Best Collaboration category for the aforementioned hits. During her career, the 28-year-old singer has garnered over 30 VMAs nominations, winning only three of them.
Rihanna now joins a long list of superstars who’ve received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Past recipients include Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Peter Gabriel and the Beastie Boys.
The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Madison Square Garden in NYC on Sunday, August 28 at 9 PM EST.