Missy Elliott is a groundbreaking solo superstar, pioneering producer, songwriter, singer, rapper and cultural icon who has transformed the global music scene. The five-time GRAMMY® Award winner has achieved unprecedented success and sold over 30 million records worldwide. Known for her classic hit singles "Work It," "Get Ur Freak On" and "WTF (Where They From)," Elliott leads the field in innovation, creativity and influence on other artists. Earlier this year, she was the first female hip-hop artist inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Elliott has an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music, and she is the only female rapper to have six studio albums certified platinum, including her debut 1997 album "Supa Dupa Fly" and her 2002 blockbuster "Under Construction." She joins a prestigious list of past Video Vanguard Award recipients, including Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Guns N' Roses, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Rihanna and P!nk. Elliott will be performing at the VMAs.
Marc Jacobs will receive the first-ever MTV Fashion Trailblazer Award at the 2019 VMAs, which honors fashion designers who have made an indelible impact within the world of musical artist fashion. During his illustrious career, Marc has embodied the spirit of the award as he's featured Cher and Missy Elliott in ad campaigns and dressed music icons Lady Gaga, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj.