Rihanna to Receive MTV Vanguard Award + Star in ‘Ocean’s 8’


MTV Honors Rihanna with Video Vanguard Awards

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards just got a lot more interesting with news of pop diva Rihanna being this year’s recipient of the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Previous winners include Kanye West (2015), Beyonce (2014), Britney Spears (2011), and director Hype Williams (2006). The Award is presented to artists, and sometimes directors as in the case of Williams, who have made outstanding contributions to pop culture, music and music videos.

In addition to the Vanguard honor, Rihanna also racked up nominations for her video Work (Best Female Video) and her collaboration with Calvin Harris on their single This is What You Came Here For. Interestingly enough, the video for Bitch Better Have My Money was not submitted for consideration, despite it being in my opinion the best video released from any artist over the past year.

And in another bit of RiRi news, our girl is headed back to the big screen, this time to co-star in all-female heist film Ocean’s 8. Via Deadline, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kaling are all attached to project, which is reportedly set to start shooting this October in New York.

Rihanna will also be hitting the big screen in 2017, playing an alien stripper in sci-fi flick Valerian.


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  1. Rihanna is deserving, but I feel like the crop of artists to choose from is so limited that now they choose anyone. Kanye was not deserving. I can’t think of one memorable video he’s ever done and he’s had no impact on pop culture that I know of. The Vanguard award has lost its shine and should be given sparingly, every few years, and not every year of every other year.

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