MTV is set to award Kanye West with the VMAâ€™s highest honor, the â€œMichael Jackson Video Vanguard Award,â€ for his career-spanning groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances, and continued impact on music, art, fashion, and culture. The award will be presented during the 2015 â€œMTV Video Music Awardsâ€ that will air live on Sunday, August 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Throughout his career, West has blended musical and visual artistry to powerful effect. From his trilogy of videos for â€œJesus Walks,â€ to the mind-bending animation of â€œHeartless,â€ to the arresting imagery of â€œBound 2,â€ heâ€™s pushed boundaries and delivered something new with every successive video.
West is also known for some of the most visually stunning VMA performances to date including, 2013â€™s â€œBlood on the Leaves,â€ â€œOtisâ€ with JAY Z in 2011, the innovative, theatrical staging and visuals of â€œRunawayâ€ in 2010, his performance debut with auto-tune on â€œLove Lockdownâ€ in 2008, the hugely-influential, Daft Punk-sampling â€œStrongerâ€ and â€œGood Lifeâ€ with T-Pain in 2007; the mega-hit â€œGold Diggerâ€ featuring Jamie Foxx in 2005, and his VMA debut performance with a medley of â€œJesus Walks/All Falls Down/Through The Wireâ€ featuring Chaka Khan in 2004.
With this honor, West joins the prestigious list of past Vanguard recipients including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Guns Nâ€™ Roses, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and BEYONCÃ‰.
The 2015 MTV VMAs will feature Miley Cyrus as host. In addition, The Weeknd is confirmed to debut the first-ever televised performance of his hit single â€œCanâ€™t Feel My Face.â€ Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.
In addition, MTV has teamed up with world-renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott to redesign the MTV Moonman for the 2015 â€œMTV Video Music Awards.â€ As homage to Jeremy and his creative talent, the 2015 VMA Moonman encapsulates the true iconic essence of both the fashion designer and the network. From the distinct color of the TV color bars, to the peace sign necklace, to Jeremyâ€™s signature sneakers, the redesign of statue is part of MTVâ€™s long-standing history of bridging the gap between the world of fashion and music.
Artists who win a 2015 â€œVideo Music Awardâ€ will take home a special-edition Jeremy Scott Moonman, which was created exclusively for this yearâ€™s show.
The 2015 â€œMTV Video Music Awardsâ€ will air across MTV’s global network of channels in more than 160 countries and territories, reaching more than half a billion households around the world.
Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards.” Van Toffler, Stephen Friedman, Amy Doyle and Garrett English are Executive Producers. Garrett English also serves as Executive In Charge of Production for MTV. Joanna Bomberg, Jen Jones and Lee Lodge are Co-Executive Producers. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.
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