Kanye West will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
MTV announced that West would be honoured with the lifetime achievement award, which celebrates his career, on Tuesday (25th August) via Instagram.
In a statement, MTV said: “Throughout his career, West has blended musical and visual artistry to powerful effect. From his trilogy of videos for ‘Jesus Walks,’ to the mind-bending animation of ‘Heartless,’ to the arresting imagery of ‘Bound 2,’ he’s pushed boundaries and delivered something new with every successive video.”
The Vanguard Award is the VMA’s most prestigious accolade and was previously called the Lifetime Achievement Award until 1991, when it was renamed in honour of Michael Jackson due to his game-changing music videos. The award has previously been bestowed to the likes of Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Madonna.
West has only received one VMA nomination this year for Best Video with a Social Message for his collaboration with Big Sean and John Legend on ‘One Man Can Change The World.’
The MTV Video Music Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Sunday (30th August) with Miley Cyrus on hosting duties.
Remind yourself of one of West’s most iconic music videos – ’Stronger’ – below.