The “MTV Video Music Awards” will honor Rihanna with the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award” this year, recognizing the artist for her decade-long impact on music, pop culture, fashion, film and philanthropy. Fans will also want to catch Rihanna’s live performance during the ceremony, which will air LIVE from New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden on Sunday, August 28 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
Two-time VMA “Video of the Year” winner and the youngest solo artist to score 14 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100—the fastest to do so, Rihanna’s unparalleled output of hits have spawned some of today’s most memorable music videos from “Umbrella” to “We Found Love,” “Diamonds” and her most recent collaboration with Drake on “Work.” Previous winners of the award include Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, BEYONCÉ and Kanye West.
At 28 Rihanna has sold more than 61 million albums and 215 million tracks worldwide, and she is considered the “Best Selling Digital Artist of All Time” with more than 100 million [RIAA] Gold & Platinum song certifications. The popular performer also has eight Grammy Awards and 14 Billboard Music Awards. Fans have always supported Rihanna, she has over 81 million Facebook fans, 64 million Twitter and 42 million Instagram followers. She often times uses her influence to promote her philanthropic effort, including her own Clara Lionel Foundation. Established in 2012 and named after Rihanna’s beloved grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, the foundation works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, Education, arts and Culture.
Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards.” Garrett English, Erik Flannigan, Sandy Alouete, Lee Lodge and Jen Jones are Executive Producers. Garrett English also serves as Executive in Charge of Production for MTV. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent.