Kanye West to Receive MTV VMA’s Video Vanguard Award

Hip-hop mogul set to receive night’s highest honor at Aug. 30 ceremony

Last Updated: August 25, 2015 @ 10:25 AM

MTV will present Kanye West with the Video Music Awards’ Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at its 2015 ceremony, it was announced Tuesday.

The award, which is considered the highest honor of the evening, will be presented to West for his career-spanning groundbreaking music videos, past VMA performances and continued impact on music, art, fashion and culture.

West has gained notice for his artistic and boundary-pushing music videos, including “Jesus Walks,” “Heartless” and “Bound 2.” He has also performed at the VMAs half a dozen times, delivering notable performances like 2013’s “Blood on the Leaves,” 2011’s “Otis” performed with Jay-Z and his 2004 VMA debut performance featuring a medley of “Jesus Walks”/”All Falls Down”/”Through The Wire” with Chaka Khan.

Past Vanguard recipients include Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce.

Jesse Ignjatovic of Den of Thieves will serve as the executive producer of the 2015 awards show, with Van Toffler, Stephen Friedman, Amy Doyle and Garrett English also acting as EPs.

English is also overseeing for MTV. Joanna Bomberg, Jen Jones and Lee Lodge are co-EPs, while Hamish Hamilton will direct the show.

The 2015 VMAs will be hosted by Miley Cyrus. The show will air live on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.

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