View the MTV VMA Vanguard Award Winners Throughout the Years

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The MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, the most esteemed honour presented at the MTV Video Music Awards, has been handed to a number of notable individuals throughout the years.

View the MTV VMA Vanguard Award Winners Throughout the Years

Take a look back at all the winners throughout the years, starting with the first recipient David Bowie and ending with the most recent winner Nicki Minaj.

In 1984, David BowieThe first-ever MTV Video Vanguard Award was won by David Bowie in 1984 at the first-ever MTV Video Music Awards (shown in the 1995 MTV Europe Music Awards).

Richard Lester and The Beatles received particular recognition during the ceremony for their long-term contributions to music videos.

In 1985, David ByrneThe Vanguard Award was won in 1985 by Talking Heads member David Byrne (shown above in 1984).

View the MTV VMA Vanguard Award Winners Throughout the Years

View the MTV VMA Vanguard Award Winners Throughout the Years

Madonna MadonnaMadonna, who has had many unforgettable MTV VMA moments throughout the years, made history in 1986 when she became the first female recipient of a Vanguard Award.

The artist and music video director Zbigniew Rybczyski shared the accolade (seen at the 1995 MTV VMAs).

Peter Gabriel in 1987The prize was given to British filmmaker Julien Temple and Genesis vocalist Peter Gabriel in 1987.

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Both men had worked on music videos for artists including David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, and the Sex Pistols.

Michael Jackson in 19881988, a year after the release of his seventh studio album Bad, Michael Jackson (pictured at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2002), was the only recipient of the Vanguard Award. 

In 1989, George MichaelMadonna, the previous winner of the Vanguard Award, gave George Michael the honour in 1989.

YESTERDAY: Janet JacksonFollowing in the footsteps of her famous brother, Janet Jackson (seen at the 1995 MTV VMAs) received her own Vanguard Award in 1990 at the age of just 24. She still holds the record for being the honor’s youngest recipient.

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In 1991, Bon JoviWayne Isham, who directed a few of the band’s major music videos, received the special prize in 1991 along with Bon Jovi.

In 1992, Guns N’ RosesWhen the hard rock group won the Vanguard Award in 1992, they made a notable jab at Jackson during their on-stage acceptance speech.

View the MTV VMA Vanguard Award Winners Throughout the Years

“Michael Jackson is unrelated to this. Many thanks, “Axl Rose, the band’s leader, concluded.

View the MTV VMA Vanguard Award Winners Throughout the Years

Rolling Stones, 1994Together with Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones received the Vanguard Award in 1994.

1995: R.E.MThe band won the show’s top prize in 1995, a few years after “Losing My Religion” won Video of the Year in 1991.

Years ago: LL Cool J LL Cool J was the first hip-hop performer to win a Vanguard Award in 1997.

He shared the accolade with filmmaker Mark Romenek, who is most known for directing Janet and Michael Jackson in the “Scream” video.

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Beastie Boys, around 1998The Beastie Boys became the next hip hop group to receive a Vanguard Award in 1998, following LL Cool J’s groundbreaking hip hop victory (shown at the 2004 VMAs).

Red Hot Chili PeppersRed Hot Chili Peppers’ Vanguard Award win in 2000 marked the beginning of the new millennium.2001: U2 After Joey Ramone of the Ramones passed away, U2 had a touching moment on stage with the band’s surviving members as they accepted the prestigious MTV VMA award.

year 2003: Duran DuranDuran Duran received the Vanguard Honor in 2003, which was presented as a lifetime achievement award.

Hype Williams, year:Director Hype Williams was given the Vanguard Award during the 2006 ceremony in recognition of his work on music videos for artists including Kanye West, TLC, and Will Smith.

In 2011 Britney SpearsThe Vanguard Award, which was given in 2011, went to Britney Spears.

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Justin Timberlake in 2013Justin Timberlake, a former Mickey Mouse Club co-star of Spears’, received the 2013 Vanguard Award two years later.

Jimmy Fallon and the singer’s old NSYNC bandmates stood beside him as he collected the trophy.

Beyoncé in 2014Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy gave her the 2014 Vanguard Award after she had an outstanding performance on stage.

Kanye West in 2015The renowned prize was memorably delivered by Taylor Swift in 2015, and Kanye West won it.

The “Bad Blood” singer made fun of their “infamous meeting” at the 2009 MTV VMAs, which ignited their protracted argument, during her performance.

Rihanna in 2016Rihanna won the Vanguard Award for her contributions to the arts in 2016 before she became a cosmetics tycoon.

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2017: PinkPink won the prestigious accolade at the 2017 MTV VMAs after delivering an exquisite stage performance of her greatest songs.

Currently: Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez was the first Latin singer to win the Vanguard Award in 2018, and she has made a number of stylish appearances at the MTV VMAs throughout the years.

Next year: Missy ElliottThe Vanguard Award was won in 2019 by Missy Elliott, who also gave a jaw-dropping performance at the ceremony that had everyone on their feet.

Future: Nicki MinajThis year, Nicki Minaj is expected to win the prized prize. It will be the rapper’s first VMAs appearance since 2018 when she performs at the ceremony.

 

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