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Rihanna to Receive Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at MTV Video Music Awards

by Desiree Murphy 9:24 AM PDT, August 11, 2016
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Looks like Rihanna has a lot to look forward to at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards!

The network announced on Thursday that the 28-year-old "Needed Me" singer will be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, the award show's highest honor, on Aug. 28.

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Following the news, Rihanna took to social media to share her excitement, writing, "Honored to take the #VMAs stage as your video #VANGUARD award recipient LIVE from NYC on August 28!"

Rihanna was selected for the prestigious accolade (also known as the Lifetime Achievement Award) for her "decade-long impact on music, pop culture, film and philanthropy." Previous recipients include Kanye West (2015), Beyoncé (2014), Justin Timberlake (2013), Britney Spears (2011), Hype Williams (2006), Duran Duran (2003), U2 (2001) and Red Hot Chili Peppers (2000).

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RiRi has four nominations this year -- Best Female Video for "Work" featuring Drake, Best Male Video for Calvin Harris' "This Is What Your Came For" (in which she is featured), and Best Collaboration Video for both of the aforementioned hit songs. She'll also be taking the stage to perform during the star-studded ceremony.

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from New York's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.

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