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MTV Video Music Awards Finally Gifts Missy Elliott With The Video Vanguard Award

About damn time!

Missy Elliott will finally receive the Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Elliott will receive the honor and perform at the awards show on August 26, reports Variety.

"Missy’s impact on the music landscape is indelible," MTV International Co-head Bruce Gillmer said in a statement. "Her creative vision across production, performance and songwriting is unmatched."

Elliott will be the first female rapper to receive the honor, according to Billboard. The only other rappers to be honored were the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and Kanye West. Other recipients include Beyoncé, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez.

The “Lose Control” rapper has won two Video Of The Year VMAs. She received the first statue in 2001 for “Lady Marmalade” with Pink, Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim and Mya. The second moon man came two years later for her hit “Work It.”

Elliott’s upcoming performance will be the first time she’s hit the VMA stage since 2006.

Her visuals have been pushing the envelope for decades. Writer Ashley C. Ford accurately described the creativity behind the rapper’s first music video in a feature for Marie Claire.

“When I saw Elliott’s video for ‘The Rain,’ off of her 1997 debut album, Supa Dupa Fly, for the first time, it was like every element of my happiest hidden self coming together,” Ford wrote. “I loved how weird it was, with the fish-eye lenses, blow-up black suits, sunglasses that went over the top of your head, and jerky, almost manic dancing.”

Elliott, who was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame earlier this year, didn’t feel the magnitude of her impact until she hit the Super Bowl stage in 2015.

“Now that I’ve had a chance to slow down, I look back at stuff, and I look back at my ‘She’s a Bitch’ video [1999], and at the time I didn’t even think about it,” she told Ford. “But I look at it now and I’m like, ‘This is still so many years ahead.’”

We’re glad Missy is getting her flowers while she’s here to smell them.

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Ashleigh is a writer and podcaster based in Atlanta, GA. She isa social justice senshi, not a SJW. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @ashleighlakieva.