That’s one way to ensure the attendance of one of the biggest musical acts touring at the moment. On Thursday, MTV announced that Rihanna will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 MTV VMAs on Aug. 28.
Rihanna relayed the announcement on Instagram, writing “honored to take the #VMAsstage as this year’s Michael Jackson Video #Vanguard award recipient on August 28!!” She will also perform at the ceremony. Past recipients of the award include Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Madonna, Britney Spears and, naturally, Michael Jackson.
In addition to receiving the award, Rihanna is also nominated for four Moonmen for her songs “Work” with Drake and “This Is What You Came For” with Calvin Harris. She’s previously won the VMA Video of the Year twice; in 2007, “Umbrella” took home the honor; in 2012 her song with Calvin Harris, “We Found Love,” earned the top prize. The Vanguard Award is the top honor at the MTV ceremony.
The VMAs are returning to New York this and will be held at Madison Square Garden for the first time.
Aside from her live performance at the ceremony, all eyes will be on what she comes wearing. Given her love of statement fashion, and the reputation the VMAs have for drawing out the more eccentric looks from stars, we can imagine the result will be much-discussed. This is, after all, the event to which Lady Gaga appeared in the meat dress.
Due to her touring schedule, Rihanna has been absent from many red carpets in recent months, most notably the Met Ball in May.
It was announced earlier this week that in addition to her musical pursuits, Rihanna will be appearing in the upcoming “Ocean’s Eleven” all-female spinoff, “Ocean’s Ocho.”