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Rihanna to Receive MTV Video Vanguard Award

Rihanna will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV has announced. She will perform live at the ceremony.

Previous winners of the award include Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, and Kanye West.

A two-time VMA video of the year winner, Rihanna, at 28, is the youngest solo artist to score 14 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. She also reached that milestone in the fastest amount of time.

The songstress has sold more than 61 million albums and 215 million tracks worldwide. The eight-time Grammy Award winner also has 14 Billboard Music Awards, among other accolades.

In addition to her impact on music, pop culture, fashion, and film, the award also recognizes her philanthropic work. Her Clara Lionel Foundation, established in 2012, works to improve the quality of life for communities worldwide in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.

Fans can vote for their favorites in VMA categories including video of the year, best male video, best female video, and more by visiting vma.mtv.com.

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

Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the executive producer for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Garrett English, Erik Flannigan, Sandy Alouete, Lee Lodge, and Jen Jones are executive producers.

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