Watch the Throne: Beyonce to Receive Vanguard Honor at the VMAs


There are plenty of reasons to tune in to the MTV Video Music Awards. The risky sartorial choices on the red carpet. The candid, comedic acceptance speeches. The chance that Kanye West will storm the stage. This year, there’s an even bigger incentive to watch: Beyoncé.

August 24’s most-nominated act is not only confirmed to perform at the Inglewood, California ceremony, but she’ll also receive its highest honor, the Vanguard Award. Said accolade was first presented to David Bowie, The Beatles, and Richard Lester in 1984 before being renamed after Michael Jackson in 1991 and bestowed upon MadonnaJanet Jackson, Hype Williams, and Justin Timberlake. Beyoncé, like the recipients before her, has earned the lifetime achievement honor due to her “profound effect on the MTV culture.”

MTV told The Hollywood Reporter that Bey’s performance, still fresh from her stateside On the Run Tour finale, will be an “epic” one. If it’s anything like Timberlake’s from 2013, it could last at smooth 15 minutes. In other words, if you missed Bey and Jay Z on the road, you catch a snippet on MTV, ahead of their September 20 HBO special.

With a total of eight nominations, stemming from her surprise eponymous record last December, Beyoncé could increase her stock of 13 solo Moonmen (including the Vanguard honor), and best Madonna as the most-winningest VMA artist of all time. Bow down is right.