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).
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.