Kanye West to receive MTV Video Vanguard Award at VMAs

"West has blended musical and visual artistry to powerful effect," says MTV

Kanye West will receive the MTV Video Music Awards’ highest honour this year when he is awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award’ for his career-spanning groundbreaking videos, celebrated VMA performances and continued impact on music, art, fashion, and culture.

The award will be presented at the VMAs this Monday (August 30). Previous recipients include Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys and Beyoncé.

“Throughout his career, West has blended musical and visual artistry to powerful effect,” read a statement released by MTV. “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.”


Hosted by Miley Cyrus, the 2015 MTV VMAs will feature musical performances from a number of artists including The Weeknd, who will perform his hit single ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ live on TV for the first time ever.

West headlined FYF Fest in Los Angeles on Saturday night (August 22), performing a set that included an impromptu appearance by Rihanna. The singer was watching the show from the audience when West handed her the microphone during a performance of their hit ‘FourFiveSeconds’.

Rihanna sang the track from the pit but later joined the rapper onstage for a rendition of his 2010 single ‘All Of The Lights’.