The end of August marks a few things: The end of summer hours, the closing of pools, returning to school, and the VMAs. Where the Grammy’s often lack in colorful performances and outlandish moments, the VMAs make up for it all. The 32nd iteration of the MTV Video Music Awards is set to take place this Sunday (August 30th), and a handful of huge announcements were just made.
On Tuesday it was announced that Mr. Kim Kardashian would be receiving the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. The network announced their decision to grant West the award for his “career-spanning groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances, and continued impact on music, art, fashion, and culture.”
Anyway, the Video Vanguard Award was debuted at the first VMAs back in 1984, and at the time was given to David Bowie, The Beatles, and Richard Lester. In 1991 the award was renamed to give honor to Michael Jackson and since 1998, there has been a sole recipient each year. In receiving the award, Kanye is joining the likes of Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duran Duran, and Britney Spears. Most recently the award was given to Justin Timberlake in 2013 and Beyoncé in 2014. In recent years the presentation of the Video Vanguard Award has accompanied a medley of the artist’s hits performed by either them or other musicians.
It was also announced yesterday that joining previously-announced performer The Weeknd, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis would be returning to the VMA stage after performing “Same Love” at the 2013 awards. The duo have been on a resurgence after a vulnerable cover story with Complex and a new song released with Ed Sheeran. It was also announced that Tori Kelly, Pharrell, and Demi Lovato would be performing. Twenty One Pilots will team up with ASAP Rocky for a special collaboration, and two additional performers will be revealed throughout this week.
— MTV (@MTV) August 25, 2015