There seems to be no stopping superstar Rihanna these days, as her schedule is busier than ever with accolades to boot. The latest reason Riri should be smiling from ear to ear is because it was just announced that she will be the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s VMAs.
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The Video Vanguard Award is the highest honor that one can receive from the VMA ceremony, an award which was named after the legendary Michael Jackson for his unmatched contribution to music videos, with past winners including Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Kanye West and Beyoncé. In addition to receiving the honor at the 2016 ceremony, Rihanna is also slated to perform.
Variety has a few more details about Rihanna’s recognition from the VMAs:
A two-time VMA video of the year winner, Rihanna, at 28, is the youngest solo artist to score 14 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. She also reached that milestone in the fastest amount of time. The songstress has sold more than 61 million albums and 215 million tracks worldwide. The eight-time Grammy Award winner also has 14 Billboard Music Awards, among other accolades.
Fans can vote for their favorites in VMA categories including video of the year, best male video, best female video, and more by visiting vma.mtv.com.
It’s still pretty early for all of the scheduled performers at the VMAs to be announced, but expect to hear more superstars added to the line-up in the coming weeks, as well as a few surprises. The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
1. In 2015, Miley Cyrus revealed that she identifies as sexually fluid, telling Paper magazine, “I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age.”
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2. Ricky Martin shocked the world when he came out as gay in 2010. The father of two once revealed, “I know that I like both men and women, I’m against sexual labels.”
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3. After photos surfaced of her making out with Michelle Rodriguez, Cara Delevingne came clean about her bisexuality, saying, “It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognized that I had to accept it.”
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4. Frank Ocean captivated the world with his songs about love and women. When he opened up about his experience falling in love with a guy, he garnered the attention of many more.
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5. Lady Gaga has been open about her sexuality since the beginning of her career. After naysayers claimed it was all for marketing, she said, “This is who I am and who I have always been.”
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6. After coming under fire for using the F bomb multiple times on social media, Azealia Banks defended herself, saying “I can’t be homophobic. I’m bisexual.”
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7. Amber Rose has never been shy about her sexuality. She even openly admitted to being in a relationship with a girl, way before her Kanye days.
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8. David Bowie was one of the most notable artists of all time, whose sexuality and gender bent all of the traditional rules.
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9. Mel B once revealed that she was in a four-year relationship with a woman before.
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10. In 2013, Zoe Saldana said that she “might end up with a woman raising my children. I’ve been attracted to the male species, but if one day I wake up and want to be with a woman, I will do that because it is my life, therefore it is my decision.”
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11. Megan Fox told Esquire Magazine once, “I have no question in my mind about being bisexual.”
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12. Angelina Jolie has always been open about her bisexuality. She once told OK Magazine, “I have loved women in the past and slept with them.”
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