MTV’s Video Music Awards to Honor Kanye West

As if the Video Music Awards weren’t going to get enough attention with Miley Cyrus as its host, MTV has now announced that it will be honoring Kanye West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

The award, which has been given to the likes of Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, and, of course, Jackson himself, is considered the VMAs’ highest honor.

West is known for some iconic VMA performances, including renditions of “Blood on the Leaves” in 2013, “Runaway” in 2010 and “Gold Digger” featuring Jamie Foxx in 2005. His VMA debut performance was a medley of “Jesus Walks/All Falls Down/Through the Wire” featuring Chaka Khan in 2004.

West is also famous for his non-musical VMA stunts, including in 2009 when he stopped Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for “You Belong With Me” in the best female video category to inform her — and everyone watching — that he believed the award belonged to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”

The 2015 VMAs will air live starting at 9 p.m. Aug. 30 on MTV. While the Weeknd is confirmed to debut the first-ever televised performance of the single “Can’t Feel My Face,” additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.

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