Mess! Rihanna To Receive ‘Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award’ At VMAs

Published: Thursday 11th Aug 2016 by Sam

Historically, the MTV Video Music Awards have saved the surprises for the show. However, organisers are bringing the jaw-dropping moments early this year. Because Rihanna, yes Rihanna, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. 

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The reveal was made moments ago on social media and our jaws remain ajar. 

Saluted for her contributions to the world of music visuals, the honour will see Rih join the list of previous winners such as Beyonce, Janet Jackson, and Britney Spears. She will also perform. 

Ms. Fenty will be presented with the award at Madison Square Garden on August 28th 2016. 


Say what we will about Rih, but we’ve always felt she has excelled with her visual output. 

That said, this – much like the Justin Timberlake year – borders on a farce. 

See, it’s not that she hasn’t delivered many a dazzling video. However, it’s a) premature and b) comical that her name is being aligned in any way, shape, or form with Michael Jackson.

Forget streaming, the music business seems to be imploding in more ways than one. 

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  1. IStan4Rihanna. August 11, 2016







    I am ready for her to SLAY on the res carpet with an iconic outift + SCALP with an epic “special performance”.


    Come through, QUEEN!

    • LB August 11, 2016

      This is the set list I want (assuming 6 songs),

      1. We found love
      2. What’s my name
      3. Rockstar
      4. Umbrella
      5. Love on the brain
      6. Diamonds

      • iSpeakTruthNoFallacy August 11, 2016

        I love that setlist, but I want her to perform her current hits, because she’s always going to have current hits. I would love for her to perform 1. TIWYCF 2. S*x With Me 3. Nothing’s Promised 4. Work 5. Needed Me 6. Kiss It Better

      • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

        Nah the perfect set list would be


        1). Needed Me
        2). yeah I said it
        3). Kiss it better
        4). Love on the Brain
        5). Desperado/Woo
        6). Work

        Greatest Hits Medley

        1). Rude Boy
        2). What’s my Name?
        3). We Found Love/Only girl in the world
        4). Pour it up/BBHMM
        5). Umbrella
        6). Diamonds
        7). What now
        8). Stay

    • B. Mike August 11, 2016

      She’s actually not the youngest recipient ever. Janet Jackson received the award at the age of 24.

    • Rihluv August 11, 2016

      Must truly suck to hate this girl ! Y’all constantly gotta pick ya dam jaw up lmao congrats bad gyal ! Legend … KILL YOUR PERFORMANCE hunni ! Danceeee

      • Kris August 11, 2016

        Girl, shut up. This is not an award Rihanna deserves. This is a tacky tacky tacky mess. They just giving out awards like it’s Halloween candy. VMAs loss all merit.

    • Dontazz August 11, 2016

      I’m so happy for Rhi! She’s not the youngest tho Janet was.

      • IStan4Rihanna. August 11, 2016

        You’re right!I completely forgot about Janet Jackson.


        Thanks for correcting me!

    • Girl August 11, 2016

      Congratulations Rihanna, omg

    • BIGGESTAALIYAHFAN August 11, 2016

      Truthfully speaking “ThatGrapeJuice” I thought the same thing, but looking at her video catalog she has had some decent videos, great even i.e. “Man Down” “We Found Love” “B**** Better Have My Money” “Russian Roulette” “Where Have You Been” and the underrated “AmericanOxygen” etc. I’m very tough when it comes to this award and who deserves it and who doesn’t(Justin Timberlake) but we have to give credit where it’s due and in this case, it’s well DESERVED! Congrats Rihanna!

      • Meme August 11, 2016

        Much respect for you comment. My thing is, you don’t have to like someone to congrats them where deserving. You can argue rihanna performance/dancing/singing ability but one them you can’t argue is her visuals/videos. They are ALWAYS outstanding.

    • danyboo6 August 11, 2016

      Omg i feel like whoever writes her post are the biggest haters. Rihanna is going on a solid 15 years in the game and have consistently maneuvered her way to the top no matter the obstacle the girl deserves her accolades. She might not sell as much as the Queen Bey, that is, but shes maintained her position not just in urban culture but pop culture as a blavk woman and shes really understanding how to play the game so kudos rih. I look forward to seeing you do youre thing and im really looking forward to seeing beyonce boss moves at the show because of course shes going to recieve the video of the year but she hss to surprise us with something even bigger if queen rih will accept the vanguard award this will be interesting.

  2. BeyonceIsASlut August 11, 2016

    Sam stays SHARTING and cutting his wrists

    • Girl August 11, 2016

      Somebody go check on him after this ????

      • Alex August 20, 2016

        It’s funny how all the BEYONCÉ HATERS were downplaying the 11 nominations she received saying “they are all excited over a damn moonman”, but now they’re excited over the Vanguard award that coconut girl DOESNT deserve??! #Guessthatmoonmandoesmatter #Coconutgirlwillalwaysbealessor

    • GoGo Yubari August 11, 2016

      Be nice y’all . It’s been a rough year for him. Watching Rihanna slay and break records every week has to be hard on him.

  3. FAF August 11, 2016

    I mean she’s a visual artist so I don’t see a problem with it. Justin timberlakes videos aren’t always that great. I think gags and Madonna and Janet are owed one, though

    • Tim Brown August 11, 2016

      Missy for sure ;(

    • Noah August 11, 2016

      It’s such a joke! I would hoping P!nk, and maybe Usher (at least relative to Justin Timberlake achieving one) Sia also looks like a possible candidate in the future.

      • Grande The Way August 11, 2016

        Pink??? Her videos are basic af

    • Rory August 11, 2016

      Madonna and Janet already have one

    • Shady81 August 11, 2016

      Janet has the original MTV Vanguard Award she got in 1989-1990 during her Rhythm Nation 1814 Era. Madonna got hers in the 90’s both have originals.

  4. SWISH August 11, 2016

    congrats rih! lmfaoo sam if you stopped all this tacky, biased “journalism”, you might would’ve gotten an invitation to the VMAs to be able to see her accept the award in person

    • Exactly August 11, 2016

      Yasssss!!! GATHA HA!! TGJ will remain a flop until they stop all of the biases!

    • GoGo Yubari August 11, 2016


  5. LB August 11, 2016


    I cannot wait for that medley of #1 hits, plus love on the brain.

    My edges are scattered and making a mess all over the place right now, here Rihanna, have my wig.

    Imma need to prepare myself with another medley, the slay

  6. Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

    This is going to be messy as hell. *Grabs count chocola cereal*

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen August 11, 2016

      How did u get a box? I can only get count chocula around Halloween in NYC, the same with boo berry, and frankenberry. Lol.

      • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

        Really? I was in the south and they have a whole bunch, maybe its just a Southern thing because I can’t find it in Toronto either. The cereal is so good LOL

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen August 11, 2016

        Yass! It’s so chocolaty. I love it. I stock up around Halloween. We only get it seasonally in fall. The south gets everything! I can’t get mellow yellow soda here either, but I’ve seen it in the south. Ugh! ?

      • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

        The South does have everything and I’m mad about it. I saw mellow yellow once in a gas station in Texas, I thought they went out of business.

  7. Jamon August 11, 2016

    Too bad no one asked for you opnion Sam!! I’m sure the professionals got this!! Keep giving out your lame, end of the year awards haha

    • Jamon August 11, 2016


    • Mark111 /.\ August 11, 2016

      Keep giving out your lame, end of the year awards

      Hahahahahah!!!!! SHOOK!

  8. Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

    Sam does sound really mad, She does deserve the award! Rihanna has come a LONG way and in half the time she’s getting awards that took your fave two decades to get. Let that sink in for a moment.. #RIPToSamsSanity

    • iwishabitchwood August 11, 2016

      he’s a hating old queen, the worst kind of journalist. but shade is his calling card, and clearly we are all here for it. I wish he would put his professionalism above it thought because it is a turn off more often than it is funny. especially when you stan for lames like ciara and rita ora.

      • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

        I know he doesn’t like Rihanna but his hate for her and Mariah is crazy. He should tone it down and perhaps have punchlines rather than try hard reads throughout the post. he’ll sound less pressed

  9. Skilly August 11, 2016

    So it’s ok that britney spears be mentioned with michael jackson but not rihanna. Check your bias at the door, what in the world has spears done in videos that tops rihanna?

    • iwishabitchwood August 11, 2016

      right. atleast rihanna is 10 years in before they threw around comparisons. They had Britney name next to Michael hella early, like second album. smdh

  10. trellbeylike August 11, 2016

    Congratulations Rihanna. The video for Russian Roulette deserves this award alone! Its ironic how in 2014 Bey won Vangaurd and Rih won Fashion Icon now in 2016 Bey won fashion Icon and Rih getting Vanguard. Slay ladies.

    • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

      I just booked that! Honestly, Bey deserves a touring artist award. I hope BET makes one or at least GRammy

      • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 August 11, 2016

        Billboard has one l. Only 2 artist have ever gotten it (U2 & Madonna). I think the rolling stone or the Eagles will get it next since their tours collectively have grossed over $1 billion

      • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

        Yeah but Bey did three back to back tours within the last three or four years. that’s commendable, hopefully she’ll get it before she turns 40

  11. Love August 11, 2016

    They knew Bey was going to win big and panicked. She bought this award.

    • Kayla C August 11, 2016

      Silly queen logic

  12. Smile! August 11, 2016

    Ha! Haters are going to be livid. That Rihanna reign just won’t let up!

  13. steve August 11, 2016

    There is nothing wrong with this. Am happy for her. She deserves it.

  14. East African girl August 11, 2016

    SAM STOP the hate Rihanna she’s Entertainer just like list you mentioned how Britney is better she can even move and Beyonce dresses and dances as STRIPPER and her dance move is old as her Age yes Rihanna is better VOCALIST and good entertainer on stage and she’s the most marketable girl in the world that alone is LEGEND status and she deserves #CONGRATULATION

    • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 August 11, 2016

      Rihanna is not a legend Yet. More importantly she isn’t a better vocalist than Bey. She has never given is a (Halo, If I were a Boy, Dangerously In Love, Love On Top, Party or any song that requires her to SANG! I’m actually happy for Rih and think she is worthy of this awards but stop its your delusions!

      • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

        the hardest songs out of those is Love on Top and BEy doesn’t sing that all the way through. Rihanna is not a better vocalist than Bey, Beyonce has great technique while Rih is still developing hers. No one could say that neither lady can sing though!

    • KenyaInFormation August 12, 2016

      I am ashamed to be from the same area as your ‘can’t construct a sentence’ and talking s*** without thinking ass. Rihanna is no entertainer!!! Do you know what vocalist is? Even Rihanna’s octaves arent on record anywhere!!!! Go milk some goats!

  15. RihYonce August 11, 2016

    Congrats Rih!! Omg I knew it was going to be either 2016 or 2017 I thought they would give it to Usher this year but I’m so happy for Rih omg ! She deserves it she does have a lot of great videos & glad Beyoncé & Rih are both going to be there killing the stage &!getting these awards ! Yes !

  16. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy August 11, 2016

    YYYAAAAAAAASSSSSSS!!! I knew this sh*t was eventually coming. Congrats Rih; I couldn’t be more proud of you. Now, I need to go find some tissue for these tears.

    • Keegan Parker August 11, 2016

      I cried toooo

  17. brena August 11, 2016

    Sam why you hating!!!!! Crawl outta Beyonce ass for once!!! Everything is not about her!!!!!

  18. Keri Qween August 11, 2016

    Oh well. Its comical when Beyonce is mentioned in the same sentence as Michael Jackson as well but we all live through it?

    Congrats Rih

    • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 August 11, 2016

      Meanwhile Keri isn’t even relevant enough to mentioned amongst Selena Homez, Miley Cyrus, or Ariana Grande… Have a seat boo! Beyonce has been winning these type of awards for years. When will Keri?

    • Ayyseify August 11, 2016

      Clock bish!

    • Keri Qween August 11, 2016

      She’s been a thief for years too babe. Keri doesn’t aspire to be that

      • Rih Up August 11, 2016

        I love that you stan for my girl Rih, but how can you even dear shade Beyoncé while stanning for that Toucan looking flop in your Avi. You’re ugly ass is a mess lol. More so, I guess Keri doesn’t aspire to be a successful mega star either.

      • EMPRESS RIH!! SLAY B**** SLAY!! August 11, 2016

        Keri is more beautiful than Photoshop bey tho! That’s one thing that keri has over bey.

  19. Rosie August 11, 2016

    *grabs popcorn*
    I hope she does an actual hits melody and it’s not as messy as Botney’s “tribute” from 2011. And why be mad? She’s definitely more of a “Video Vanguard” than Justin Timberlake’s lame ass.

  20. B_Roni August 11, 2016

    It’s ok to have an opinion but you guys sound real jealous and mad as writers on this blog. Lol. Anyways congrats Rihanna

  21. RihYonce August 11, 2016

    Rihanna does have great videos Umbrella, Man Down , Russian Roulette, Rude Boy, Diamonds , Where Have You Been , Disturbia , & What’s My Name are all great videos . I’m so happy for her I hope she does a melody of hits

  22. 1mclover August 11, 2016

    “have all the seats in madison square garden”

  23. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy August 11, 2016

    I see you MTV, y’all trying to get some ratings by having Rihanna and Beyonce at the same awards show, something that hasn’t been done since some BET Awards circa 2005. We all know y’all are going to give Formation video of the year to make all parties happy. Then, you’ll make Beyonce give Rihanna the award for the ratings just how Taylor awarded Kanye last year. And you know what, I would love for the moment to see them two black queens on the stage together looking out to the lessers in the audience.

    • iwishabitchwood August 11, 2016

      I love this. probably wont happen but i love it. Jay-Z will probably give her the award.

    • Wash yo mouth pls August 11, 2016

      That would be amazing tbh and Sam would be on suicide watch

      • iSpeakTruthNoFallacy August 11, 2016

        Sam would be crying like the rest of us. He know he stan for Miss Rihanna too.

    • Grande The Way August 11, 2016

      They’ve been at the Grammys together since then

    • Brain dead spears August 11, 2016

      You’re forgetting the 2011 billboard awards. They both performed.

      • iSpeakTruthNoFallacy August 11, 2016

        You’re right; I was hyperbolizing though. I remember the 2011 BBMAs where yonce performed Girls Run the World and Rih with Brit performed S&M….Damnn son. That was 5 years ago. Time truly flies.

  24. Rosie August 11, 2016

    I actually hope they’re hanging out together all night and end up hugging each other on stage or something.
    Just to see Sam fume.

    • LB August 11, 2016

      Hahahaha that would be epic

    • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 August 11, 2016

      No but she is ranked amongst the most awarded artist in VMA history. Also Missy holds the title for or close to holding the title for most Video Of The Year awards especially during 1999-2004

  25. Kiii August 11, 2016

    Her videos are cute so im ok with this. my one issue that im not sure what her main ICONIC video would be. Janet has Rhythm Nation, Michael Thriller, Beyonce Single Ladies, which one is Rihanna’s? Umbrella maybe? or Diamonds, Disturbia, S&M, Rude Boy? What do you guys say?

    • UPGRADEBOY August 11, 2016

      She has none

    • Danzou August 11, 2016

      I’d say work.

    • GoGo Yubari August 11, 2016

      The most viewed video by her on Youtube…We Found Love

    • whenindoubtthetruthwillout August 11, 2016

      You do realise that Beyonce’s video for Single Ladies is a remake of Bob Fosse’s “Mexican Breakfast” from 1969?

      • BEY>RIH August 11, 2016

        GIRL STAWP. Single Ladies is one of the most iconic videos..

      • A&R August 12, 2016

        Lemonade isn’t. That body of work will be reviewed and used as inspiration for generations that follow. And remake or inspiration? MJ even had privies works that he channeled.

  26. LB August 11, 2016

    I hope she gets the Superbowl too just so Samantha can shut this site down from his seething.

    They gave it to Coldplay last year so it’s a female’s turn this year.

    • Ayyseify August 11, 2016

      I hear they are eyeing Adele this year….

  27. Indi August 11, 2016

    I don’t think she should have gotten it. When I think of Rihanna I don’t associate iconic videos with her name. Maybe it’s just me but I can’t think of a Rihanna video that has influenced anything or had huge cultural impact like Single Ladies, Thriller, or even Crazy In Love! Her music. Yes! Public image yes! Fashion and hair. Yes! But not videos.

    • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

      I guess umbrella nor Rude boy nor We Found Love nor Work have any impact on a global scale?

      • Indi August 11, 2016

        The SONGS had impact, not the video. Imo! Musically I see her influence so a music award makes sense. But visually to me it isn’t there!

      • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

        WE Found Love was about Domestic abuse caused a stir because it was linked to her and Chris brown. Thats Impact

        Man Down was about her killing her abuser and not feeling bad about it. That’s impact


        The point is just because you don’t think something is impactful doesn’t mean it didn’t create a stir.

      • Indi August 11, 2016

        Maybe it’s just me, but visually she hasn’t done anything worth writing home about.

      • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

        It’s okay though, I can respect that. So when are they going to stop snubbing Usher of his?

      • blue August 11, 2016

        then you must live under a rock cause man down had professionals trying to interpret its massage and how its either a powerful highlight to sexual assult and a victims view or how it give victims the right to take the law in their own hands. and the countless of debates about bbhmm and what it said about black women and feminism

      • A&R August 12, 2016

        What makes you think they did? What world trend happened Bc of those videos? And if they did, how long did they hang around? People still use the saying… If you like it then put a ring on it. The hand flick is almost always associated with the song. The leather biker jacket is also called a thriller jacket in 2016. What Rihanna video has had that kinda of impact?

    • whenindoubtthetruthwillout August 11, 2016

      You do realise that the Single Ladies video is a remake of Bob Fosse’s “Mexican Breakfast” from 1969?

  28. TheBeysusImpact August 11, 2016

    “Mess!” ?????????????????????????????????????????????

  29. Indi August 11, 2016

    Also Sam why don’t you stop being a pressed b****!

  30. Barb-wire August 11, 2016

    Yeeeeeesss!!!! Come through Samsung!!!! You better be the gift that keeps on giving this era b****!

    • LB August 11, 2016

      Shame K-Mart didn’t come through for Nicki ey

      • Keri Qween August 11, 2016

        Oh no LB ?

      • Ayyseify August 11, 2016


      • Mark111 /.\ August 11, 2016

        Hahahahaha! I’m done with you LB!

  31. iwishabitchwood August 11, 2016

    lemme guess Sam, Ciara is more deserving? the girls are so pressed. Rih got videos for days, good ones. she’s deserving. have several seats on a spiked chair hateful queen.

    • Keri Qween August 11, 2016

      On a spiked chair ??

  32. LB August 11, 2016

    More people discrediting Rihanna when she still remains the most viewed female celebrity on Vevo and the most subscribed too.

    • Britney’s back b**** August 11, 2016

      Stfu, you are so annoying. Don’t you have a life outside of this blog, you’re on here 24/7, go wash your ass f**.

      • iwishabitchwood August 11, 2016

        ouch. bitter. pressed. girl bye.

  33. Antmo August 11, 2016

    Madonna received the same award when she just was on her 3rd album and before it was called the michael jackson vanguard award plus she was either younger or same age as rihanna lol this site is so unprofessional

    • Suicide Blonde August 11, 2016

      The difference is that by that time Madonna already contributed a lot for music videos, she was a pioneer and literally the Queen of MTV.

      • Antmo August 11, 2016

        But maybe mtv feel its her time like they did with madonna beyonce justin britney its all irrelevant to our everyday lives lol but would be cool if PINK Usher eminem jayz get it next

  34. Wash yo mouth pls August 11, 2016

    I don’t see why not I mean she has doesnt disappoint when it comes to visuals anyways Im here for Sam’s melt downs and him getting dragged on his own blog

  35. RihYonce August 11, 2016

    Even though she might not do it . I’m here for a ANTI melody

    • Antmo August 12, 2016

      Its so crazy i didnt like ANTI or LEMONADE when they first came out now I love them I feel like people stan for both artist hard because its like they grew up with us i was only 6 when bey came out with dc now im 25 and i was just a freshmen in hs when rih came out and who would of thought proud of both queens

  36. Indi August 11, 2016

    The VMA line up is giving award shows pre-2010 tease with the artist that have been announced already. It’s about to be lit!

  37. BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 August 11, 2016

    Congrats, Rihanna has made some awesome videos (I must admit) especially during her GGGB & Loud era. Congrags. Bey honered with 11 nominations & Rihanna getting the Vanguard award that’s what’s up.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen August 11, 2016

      Yass! They both winning big time!

  38. nico August 11, 2016

    Congratulations rihanna she work not so hard but she deserve it cause she is successful year after years

  39. Britney’s back b**** August 11, 2016

    Mess indeed.

    • Ayyseify August 11, 2016

      Have you seen your trainwreck on stage? Or her last video? Kii

      • Britney’s back b**** August 11, 2016

        Have you seen your’s? P**** patting, Goat vocals, and jumping around on stage is the reason her tour is flopping. With that said, go occupy one of those empty seats. Better yet, go Pokémon seaching, there is room for it.

      • Ayyseify August 11, 2016

        Late tired same read, now let see Britney walk to point a on the stage do a hair twirl, walk to point b pose. Then she will walk to point c stiff dry pointless choreography. Btw is the b**** mic even live? Kii lets not start

      • Britney’s back b**** August 11, 2016

        Don’t worry about my fav’s mic being on, your fav’s mic needs to be off. Old girl sounds like two cats fking lol.

      • Ayyseify August 11, 2016

        You girl sounds like she’s singing underwater Kii gargling c*m vocals come on sis! Let’s not

  40. UPGRADEBOY August 11, 2016

    Bey got crazy in love,single ladies,britney has toxic ,baby one more time… where the fuccck is rihanna iconic video? Name only one please . Gaga.missy elliot deserve this not rih.iam not hating but its not her time yet

    • iSpeakTruthNoFallacy August 11, 2016

      The video alone for B*tch Better Have My Money slllaaaaayyyyssss ALL of those videos mentioned above.

    • blue August 11, 2016

      umbrella, russian roulette, rude boy, man down, we found love, bbhmm, love the way you lie,

      • BEY>RIH August 11, 2016

        Rihanna has no iconic videos. However if Justina Timberlake has the award, she deserves it.

  41. Charlieyoncé August 11, 2016

    Congrats to Riri, but in all honesty she didn’t deserve the VVA at this moment, but maybe in 4/5 years? Yes she’s had a plausible impact in the music industry but she’s only been around for just about ten years. I don’t think she’s had a game-changing album to go with it as well. I don’t know, that’s just my opinion. I’m a fan of Rih & I’m happy for her but honestly, they should’ve waited for the right year to present her with such a prestigious award. ?

    • iwishabitchwood August 11, 2016

      they want ratings they arent worried about “right year.” Either way, she does have some iconic videos in her catalog and is a views juggernaut on vevo, thats all they are about. who were their other options? gaga? Katy perry? those both seem too soon as well. atleast with Rihanna they can play up the fact that this is her 10th year in the game.

  42. Britney’s back b**** August 11, 2016

    So they couldn’t have found someone more deserving.

    • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

      like who?

      • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 August 11, 2016

        Missy Elliott or Busta Rhymes both artist who were very visual & made art that was and still is ahead of its time. Rih has done enough videos and racked up enough views onYoutube & Vevo to be recognized

      • Britney’s back b**** August 11, 2016

        Usher or Lady Gaga, that’s who.

      • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

        Missy for sure and Busta… maybe, How about Lenny or Nas?

      • iwishabitchwood August 11, 2016

        Missy would be great but she’s not doing anything right now. they want ratings.

  43. Coolness August 11, 2016

    This is HUGE for her!!! Congrats Rih! I was hoping they would get it together and give it to Usher but I’m glad Rih is the recipient for this year. He visuals are usually always on point. Some of her best videos are S.O.S (just got the sheer amount of beauty she served), Umbrella, Russian Roulette, Only Girl, Where Have You Been, Diamonds, BBHMM and even American Oxygen.

  44. Stephy August 11, 2016

    Congrats Rihanna! I’ma celebrate by watching her best video era, Rated R. #TeAmo

    • iSpeakTruthNoFallacy August 11, 2016

      Yes! Te Amo is a gem. That video is so beautiful.

  45. Ayyseify August 11, 2016

    Rihanna!! I’m done with you! Now everyday you breaking some type of record or something else amazing… I can’t with this b now more.. I’m beyond baldheaded at this point! Slay queen!

    • Ayyseify August 11, 2016


  46. Keegan Parker August 11, 2016

    I am literally crying so happy for Rihanna she is my queen

  47. #TeamTinashe Stan August 11, 2016

    Congrats to her!!!! Did Usher get this achievement yet? He would be my pick.

  48. Anastasia Beaverhousen August 11, 2016

    Congrats Rih Rih! Do Motha Jackson and King MJ proud in that stage gurl!


    • Anastasia Beaverhousen August 11, 2016


  49. Really August 11, 2016

    Sorry to tell you but Rihanna deserves it.I don’t see how you all can continue to try and shade this girl. She is releasing hit after hit. Her studio vocals are amazing because of the emotion she has when she songs. She pleasant to listen to and confident as hell when you see her perform. She is a star. She makes you want to emulate her, fantasize about her (through her music like s** with me) she is the definition of an artist when it comes to music. Sure we could use a nice personality mixed with some humbleness but hey its working. To me no one this year deserves it more. AMD don’t bring up Beyonce please. That’s my girl and i don’t throw shade when it isn’t necessary

    • A&R August 12, 2016

      This award is specifically about the quality of her music VIDEOS, not her overall career and approach to music abroad. There is a huge difference. No one is saying she doesn’t deserve awards for her talents in other areas but releasing consistent ground breaking visuals isn’t something she focuses on. That’s the harsh truth but so is her getting this awards. Shrugs.. And that’s why Sam feels the industry is losing credit. Yeah, Sam can be out of pocket many times but I agree with him here. The industry seems to be in this force feed mood right now. Just forcing things on people prematurely and that hurts more than help. They want Tinashe to be the next big thing so bad when people like Ariana Gran is stepping into it naturally. Who’s to say Rih wouldn’t have been inspired to release a Thriller/ Lemonade type visual later on in life? She doesn’t have to now… Why? Bc she was given the award without it. Smh it’s not her fault. It’s MTV’s fault.

  50. Molly #TheMostRelevantBitch August 11, 2016

    I think she deserves it Sam get over yourself

  51. Datredd23 August 11, 2016

    Honestly she deserves it she’s the only artist to receive Video of the year twice

  52. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy August 11, 2016

    I just realized that BOTH of my faves have this award. First, it was Kanye last year. Now, it’s Rihanna’s time!

  53. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy August 11, 2016

    I need a rockstar performance for Kiss It Better. Plus, Needed Me is the hood anthem right now.

  54. IStan4Rihanna. August 11, 2016

    I wonder who will present it to her?

    What do you all think she should perform?


    An ANTI medley or a medley of her GREATEST HITS?

    • Ayyseify August 11, 2016

      I want both lol I’m being greedy…. I think she should definitely throw in needed me tho just to push it a little more and gain on the bb.

    • iSpeakTruthNoFallacy August 11, 2016

      I want only ANTI. She has plenty of performances on YouTube of previous hits. I would like her to have this opportunity to make this album a for sure classic. I definitely want a performance for Kiss It Better and Needed Me

    • well well August 11, 2016

      that’s a good question. not much on the radar. anybody could. just give it to her. 😀

    • Navy Gravy August 11, 2016

      It would be epic if Beyonce presented it to her but that will NEVER happen. Maybe Britney or Kanye (Didn’t Britney present to Beyonce?)
      She should perform an Anti medley and some of her current songs:

      Needed Me
      A minute of “This is What You Came For”
      Same Ol’ Mistakes (I would just die)
      S** With Me
      Love on the brain
      And end with SLEDGEHAMMER (The vocals on this song are EPIC)

  55. IStan4Rihanna. August 11, 2016



    What if DRAKE presented it to her and at the same time they both confirmed their relationship – Mouth kiss on stage etc.? LMAO…

    • Molly #TheMostRelevantBitch August 11, 2016

      That would be epic

    • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

      That would break the internet.

    • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

      Or if Jay came out and Rih in speech admits that she’s the “Becky wqith the good hair” LMFAO I would be done.. The HIVE and NAVY would go at it

  56. Rih Up August 11, 2016

    Yes! My girl, big congrats!!

  57. Molly #TheMostRelevantBitch August 11, 2016

    “Shame K-Mart didn’t come through for Nicki ey”


    Lmfao @LB

  58. orangeyougladIdidntsaybanana August 11, 2016

    Kelly Rowland’s video reaches 100 million views after 5 years: ICONIC! MILESTONE!

    Rita Ora lands a minor role on a trash movie: SLAY!

    Rihanna slays: Well lemme undermine her achievement.

    This website ?

  59. Molly #TheMostRelevantBitch August 11, 2016

    Girl I didn’t even know JT received this before.. Why was no one upset then? His videos are basic AF.

    • Sebastian August 11, 2016

      You have a Selena Gomez pic…

  60. Theman August 11, 2016

    It’s about popularity. They need popular artists there.

  61. A&R August 11, 2016

    I support Rihanna but this is not for her. Out of all her music videos the most stunning and thought one that created an even like vibe when preparing to watch is was We Found Love. It was a very good video but after that she went back to typical good. MJ, Janet, Gaga, and so on have consistently put out visual that have surpassed just the general visual to add to a song… They almost act as mini movies and tell a complete / thorough story. I love Rih but that is way too early and currently out her lane.

  62. Noah August 11, 2016

    I do NOT hate Rihanna….but i am in SHOCK. I thought this award actually mattered! First Justin Timberlake, and now Rihanna? Can someone please, in a nutshell, tell me anything, Rihanna has REMOTELY done for Music Videos? She’s not even an actual entertainer/dancer with any notable choreography, she hasn’t displayed unique/significant settings, she hasn’t introduced a certain theme…absolutely nothing. I know the majority of recent winners haven’t either e.g Beyonce/Britney Spears are debatable when compared to the greats….but at least some more worthy, i was hoping Usher or P!nk etc

    • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

      Again We Found Love, Umbrella, Man Down, Diamonds, Stay, Work and among others says hello.

    • Grande The Way August 11, 2016

      Lol what iconic videos does Pink have? Rih is way more deserving than Pink

  63. Suicide Blonde August 11, 2016

    It’s not about the impact anymore, anyone who is “it”at the moment can get what legendary artists didn’t in their day/or worked so hard for. The music industry is in its worst state ever. But Sam don’t get it twisted, Rihanna’s name is as out place as were those of Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake when MTV announced their names for this once respected award.

    • Girl August 11, 2016

      “It at the moment ” b**** bye she’s been IT FOR THE PAST 10 years. If I was y’all haters I would stop because, she keeps racking up these achievements every other day and keep embarrassing yourselves

    • well well August 11, 2016

      right. i guess you gotta be at the moment to receive it. that’s doing popular. but look how many videos she shot over the years. it could be about numbers, around 50 you can bag the icon. 😀

    • JOHNVIDAL August 11, 2016

      You´re right @suicide.

  64. Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

    Americans think that the world ends at the tip of NY to California. Just because these artists appeared to not have impacted US culture (which they did) doesn’t mean they haven’t influenced other corners of the world, stop being mad. Rih with all of her achievements and marketability deserved the award.

  65. Marley August 11, 2016

    Not hating but Rihanna does not have very iconic videos. Song maybe but not videos. There isn’t a video that stands out makes you think that is RIHANNA. There’s not a Rihanna visual with an iconic choreography or image that moved the pop world like that. Sorry Rihanna fans.

    • Girl August 11, 2016

      We found love was iconic, man down, b**** better have my money and even work, it’s not just about choreography y’all need to get out of this box you create for this entertainers

      • Marley August 11, 2016

        Do you know what iconic even means? It means it’s instantly recognisable and representative. None of the those videos you mentioned are even memorable yet alone iconic. Are they good visuals? Yes. That doesn’t make them iconic.

      • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

        How are they not recognizable or representative of a generation? Work is caribbean culture and it is heavily influenced in Toronto and Europe, and you’re telling me if you seen the pic they used to post with the article you wouldn’t be able to tell which video it’s from?

        the hate is getting ridiculous, are y’all even trying to come up with a valid sensible excuse for Rih NOT to accept this award?

      • Marley August 11, 2016

        I didn’t ask for a history or geography lesson on work video. I mean if you’re going to use an example, at least use a better example than work video. I mean… Really?

    • SMH August 11, 2016

      Guess what….the same can be said about Beyonce.

      • Marley August 11, 2016

        Not while Single ladies video exists.

      • SMH August 11, 2016

        Single Ladies was just as basic as the rest of her videos. A million gay men imitating a video on YouTube doesn’t make it iconic.

      • Marley August 11, 2016

        Are you going to argue with actual facts or just your own bias dislike for Beyonce? That commemt alome shows how ignorant you just made yourself look.

    • GoGo Yubari August 11, 2016

      Are you serious??? Man Down & BBHMM sparked so many articles about domestic violence, racism, feminism..and Rihanna doesn’t even claim to be a feminist!!!!! You want glitz and heavy choreography go look at Beyonce’s videos. Rihanna tells personal stories through her videos and everyone knows she’s not faking it. Your opinion is fine, but the people have spoken. Look at the charts and views of her videos.

      • Marley August 11, 2016

        The reach.

  66. The truth August 11, 2016

    Rihanna keeps winning

  67. Stylequeen August 11, 2016

    People need to chill its just the vma awards and she deserves it more than justin bieber, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry,Britney spears,Taylor swift I think Rihanna has done well for herself and has released hit songs with good music videos and she’s a fashion icon also shes incredible famous worldwide for 11 years.

  68. Terny August 11, 2016

    Poor Beyoncé… This girl just WON’T go away.. Ki

    • SMH August 11, 2016

      Lmao for real. As long as Rihanna exists, beyonce will never be the ‘hottest chick in the game’ lol.

      • BEY>RIH August 11, 2016

        Umm… Bey won the award 2 years ago dumb bítches ?. She is up for 11 awards including video of the year. Let your fave have her moment and keep it pushing.

    • Reality August 11, 2016

      I love that picture of Mariah! Where did you get it?

  69. blue August 11, 2016

    here is the fact, most viewed person on youtube and vevo…end of. and lets not act like her music videos dont inspire the gp to the same extend as say beyonce or justin timberlake, beyonce had one viral video and now she deserves this award more? rihanna and gaga are the only mainstream artists now that truly try to achieve something artistic with their visual work.

    • HailLegendBeysus August 11, 2016

      Lemonade’s visual are more artistic and critically acclaimed in the music industry and movie industry than all of Rihanna and Lady Gaga’s visuals combined! #FACTS! I don’t see a Rihanna or Gaga visual winning the Prestigious Cannes Lyons Award for Visuals.
      Lady gaga has always had WAAAAY bigger visuals than Rihanna that’s not up for debate. You have no business putting the two in the same sentence.

      • blue August 11, 2016

        were the lemonade visuals released when bey got her award? did i say anything about rihanna’s visuals being better than beyonce’s or gaga’s? get your hating stan ass to accept that we dont all live in the psych-ward you live and that we dont all survive on nothing but crazy and hate

      • blue August 11, 2016

        rihanna’s videos have all been praised and well liked by critics from pon de reply all the way to bbhmm, yell you would find critics who could argue for needed me’s visuals too.

      • HailLegendBeysus August 11, 2016

        “rihanna and gaga are the only mainstream artists now that truly try to achieve something artistic with their visual work.”
        Your words sis not mines? My comment was directed at that statement and clearly it showed that. But once again the slavi tey to slither between the cracks to avoid a clocking. Selft Titled changed the music industry forever, you know that VISUAL ALBUM BEY DROPPED. That is something Rihanna has yet to do. Beyoncé deserved her Vanguard award as much as anyone else (except timberflop). Their was no hate from me just facts. So apparently its you who stays living in a psych-ward!

      • blue August 11, 2016

        im sorry but WHAT!? i stand by word, if you disagree thats fine by me. what does rihanna not dropping a visual album got to do with anything?…dont answer that. again i never compared rih to bey. so i dont know why you are so pressed by my comment…? and this is the last time i will reply to you so please do us a fav and dont reply to this.

      • SMH August 11, 2016

        Needed Me alone slays that entire lemonade mess, just like Pour It Up slayed that self titled bullisht all by itself.

    • BEY>RIH August 11, 2016

      How is showing your nipple and flat títties every video artistic? Yall hœs love to come for Bey but fail to realize her videos have way more impact and depth than rih’s. Sorry but thats a favt.

      • Blue August 12, 2016

        Yes and her n****** launched millions of think pieces about feminism and the female body. What has Beyonce shaking and showing her ass accomplished? That fact id opinion, fact is rihanna being the most vevo certified artist and most watched female on youtube

  70. SMH August 11, 2016

    While I have my own personal issues with this choice (basically because Usher should have been given this award YEARS ago), I am LMAO at the tears amd seething from planet beyonce lol. Mentioning beyonce’s name in the same sentence as MJ is just as laughable(if not more so). Amd fact remains that Rihanna’s videos are FAR more entertaining and visually fantastic than beyonce’s. Its been a sad sad year for the beehive lol.

    • RICHIE_RICH August 11, 2016

      The lies you tell …..

      • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

        The only videos I like from Bey were Formation, If I were a Boy, Halo, Deja Vu and Drunk in Love. Beyonce’s videos used to be a hit or miss but her latest album along with Beyonce have very improved. I think getting rid of her daddy helped her visually

    • Lolz August 11, 2016

      Beyonce already has this award and more acclaim for her videos so your opinion is VOID. Just come congratulate rihanna and move on with your pressed self

    • BEY>RIH August 11, 2016

      But Bey won this award and is about to be the most awarded artist in vma history. Her impact in the music video realm is beyond rih.

  71. RICHIE_RICH August 11, 2016

    Congrats RiRi????✊?

  72. HailLegendBeysus August 11, 2016

    I honestly don’t see what the big deal is? She has contributed alot to MV’s and is receiving this 11 year’s into her career. Beyoncé received her’s 10 years into her solo career so i don’t see why some of my fellow Hive are upset. It’s good to know woman of color will be DOMINATING this year’s VMA’s
    Also i find it HILARIOUS that the SLAVI were brushing off the VMA’S as irrelevant and not creditable when the Nominations where announced and Bey received 10 (11 with that DC nom). Now that fRih is getting the MJ Vanguard Award they’re celebrating for life kiii!!!
    BTW if the tea is true Beyoncé has already won 4 of the nominated categories!! Still a tight race for Best Female Pop Video Between Ariana Grande, Rihanna and Beyoncé! So Bey is almost gureented to TIE or BREAK MADINOSAURS VMA RECORD THIS YEAR YASSSSS SLAY A GAZILLION BISH!!!!

    • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

      Is beyonce going to win the Video of the year for Formation?

      • HailLegendBeysus August 11, 2016

        If what I seen on twitter is true than yes she will win the VOTY at this year’s VMA’S.
        VMA UPDATE?
        Best pop Video Beyonce
        Video Of the Year Beyonce
        Best Long Beyonce
        Best Female Arianna/Beyonce
        female video
        Ariana 25%
        Beyonce 25%
        Rihana 24%
        Breakthrough Long Form Video
        LEMONADE 29%
        Blue Neighbourhood 27%
        Purpose 26%
        pop video
        BEYONCE 28%
        Grande 27%
        beiber 27%
        Formation 35%
        Sorry 34%

      • SMH August 11, 2016

        Lmao i hope you don’t think those votes actually decide the winner…

  73. JOHNVIDAL August 11, 2016

    LMAO Well, it´s not like we don´t know these awards are a joke and especially these honorific ones. But somehow one doesn´t mind when someone like a Celine Dion and the likes pay for it (last Billboard awards), or Whitney got one at the AMAs in 2009, BUT one can feel kind of disturbing when it´s someone like Rihanna paying for it 🙂 At this pint, with zero skills as a performer and all, I see her doing Superbowl Halftime show in the near future. Well, they already let Katy Perry do it so yep, it´s definitely going to happen 🙁

    • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

      This has nothing to do with performing skills. If I recall the award is based on music, achievements and philanthropy, meaning her charties and donations ( which she has done through the years including her foundation) you dont like Rihanna which is fine but she is one of the most charitable high profile celebrities out there. Last time I checked I dont see Gaga making her own foundations or giving money to hospitals in NYC to help people in poverty stricken areas.

      Have a seat and shut up

      • JOHNVIDAL August 11, 2016

        It´s nice that you admit she caanot perform to save her life 🙂
        But since I was talking about ALL these awards in general (the honorific ones you pay for LOL) and mentioned Celine at the Billboard awards or Whitney, I generalized and said Rihanna has zero performing skills and ALL, meaning she doesn´t have singing skills, songwriting skills or VISUAL skills. Her videos, apart from not being iconic, only a few videos are well recognized all around the world over the decades, and no Rihanna video is, have nothing to do with any input she contributed with (as usual, it´s just her team 🙂 ). Hope it explains 🙂

      • JOHNVIDAL August 11, 2016

        And about the charity… LOL give us a break. All these celebrities could brag about their charity work. All of them do it (or so they say), including Gaga and pretty much anybody. Get your head out of Rihanna´s ass. It´s truly shocking you think she does so much good but the others don´t. Like… it´s the first time I hear Rihanna does something to be honest. Not saying she doesn´t, but it´s not like she´s the biggest philantropist of all times 🙂 Get a little bit of a life. Please don´t join that group where @ISpeak belongs. That group of record-breaking delusional stans: he/she thinks Rihanna is bigger than Madonna. No need to say more.

      • Blue Ivy Rod August 11, 2016

        i dont care for the opinions of other navy and i could understand that Rihanna (to this generation) is a much bigger star than Madonna since we all grown up with her and see her more on the charts. Rihanna does have talent, she can sing and she does have visuals that are iconic. like her LOUD era where up to her damn Cad cover pic holds more revelance than anything Madge has done this decade. Youre very biased and nothing more than a troll, entertaining doesnt only have to include unoriginal steps or bland songs that put you to sleep. People have different entertaining styles and if Rihanna is such a lazy performer then what Nicki who looks a mess while dancing? Or singers who just stabd there in front of the mic?

  74. Rap August 11, 2016

    Rihanna deserves it.

    Honestly im in shock….. Usher??????

    Usher over rihanna???? Are u guys serious

    Besides yeah and maybe u remind me

    What videos of his deserve this award? Nice and slow love club no daddy etc are just nornal basic rnb club videos
    His videos literally never get talked about.

    Im sorry but where is his diamonds? Russisn eoullete? Or anything dark or diffeent

    If usher deserves it then rihanna deserves five.

    Its Video award not dance musix longevitY or vocals award

    Cmon son

    • SMH August 11, 2016

      Sit down little boy. Usher has a 20-year video catalog that has influenced an entire generation of male pop artists from Chris Brown to Timberfake to Bruno Mars. So once again, sit down. And shut up.

      • Selenator *Feel Me* August 11, 2016

        Gurl bye. All three of those artist and Usher’s tired ass were influenced by MICHAEL JACKSON. You will not try to credit anything to Usher when he is just a cross between MJ and R. Kelly. Ain’t nothing he has done that they didn’t do before him. And none of those artist would cite Usher as an influence over MJ. Not today.

      • Rap August 11, 2016

        U sit dowb.

        Ur points are invalid. Videos????? He doesnt have any special videos.

        So u sit down and watch legendary videos like u make wanna and burn haha

      • Sebastian August 11, 2016

        The lies. Rihanna is GLOBAL and she deserves it. JT is only influences by MJ, Bowie and Stevie Wonder. Don’t add random names.

  75. Danny Bey August 11, 2016

    Ok Sam, chill out. Aside from this era, she’s had some great videos. Just stawp.

  76. Danny Bey August 11, 2016

    Rumor is that Beyoncé is presenting the award to her.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen August 11, 2016

      Whet?!! That would be an iconic moment!! ?

    • Briano August 11, 2016

      I don’t want that basic flea anywhere near the Empress

  77. Rap August 11, 2016

    And lady gag does NOT have better videos. Her videos dont make sense. Lets be real

    • JOHNVIDAL August 11, 2016

      At least she´s part of her videos (other than appearing in them). What does rihanna exactly do… ever? 🙂

      • blue August 11, 2016

        you mean other than co-direct most of her recent stuff? nothing much…if you call co-directing or coming up with concepts nothing

      • JOHNVIDAL August 11, 2016

        LOL oh yes just like she co-writes so many songs, right? 🙂 Give me a break, she´s no damn director and no damn songwriter. Neither is Beyonce. Those two cases are appalling and so dishonest. Beyonce is a good singer and a great performer at least. Rihanna is none.

      • Rap August 11, 2016

        Appear in videos that makes sense >>>>>>>>>>> videos where the creativity dont make sense. Aljeandro? You and i??? Haha

      • Blue August 12, 2016

        We all know she came up with the bbhmm conceot and directed it, pour it up she co-directed and fired the director because of conflicting ideas… Also prove one song rihanna had her name on she didnt contribute to.

      • HailLegendBeysus August 12, 2016

        Girl stop! Lyinghanna has even stated in NUMEROUS interviews how she meets with songwriters and loves songs they have written. I remember n interview the bish talked about how Will I Am wrote Photographs and she immediately wanted it because it sounded like her story. Let’s not forget how Sia said fRih just completely copied Sia’s version of Diamonds note for note. Or how Sis was spilling the TEA on Frih’s creative process earlier this year. kiii!!
        Also the Director for Pour It Up was never fired. He quit because he knew how trashy and tasteless the MV was.
        “Vince Haycock tweeted at the Navy, revealing that he had chucked the deuces at the project. “Rihanna fans, I’m no longer involved in the #pouritup video,” he wrote. “I took my name off the project due to creative differences. #stopharassingme”

  78. Lolz August 11, 2016

    But I thought the VMAs were irrelevant when Anti wasn’t nominated for anything?

    • SMH August 11, 2016

      So are you saying they’re irrelevant now that she’s getting the biggest award of the night?

      • Lolz August 11, 2016

        No. Now goodbye.

    • JOHNVIDAL August 11, 2016

      Biased people are hilarious. They never stick to one thing. They just change when convenient, true bandwagoners when the time is right too. I suppose it goes with not being a real talent lover 🙂

    • Rihboy August 11, 2016

      They still are irrelevant! Viewership this year will be on fleek tho. The navy and hive front row.

      • Rihboy August 11, 2016

        I honestly feel like Rihanna’s video were more controversial and worthy of this award before bey too be honest.

      • BEY>RIH August 11, 2016

        Are you f****** serious? This award is not based on controversy, it is based on impact of music videos and Beyoncè’s videos have way more impact than rih’s. Single Ladies and Formation alone>

  79. ???????Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!??????? August 11, 2016

    So proud of this young Caribbean queen! Let’s not act like MJ wouldn’t approve of this, because we ALL KNOW that he’d be jumping over the moon and back happy and proud as hell that she (a.K.a. HIS OWN) received the award. Don’t mistake and think that he wont be smiling down on her from heaven on that day.
    Anyway, I’d love for her to surprise us and put “Birthday Cake” somewhere in the setlist. That whole place, including my family and I, would be wilding out without a doubt.

  80. Danzou August 11, 2016

    Ciara should’ve gotten it a long time ago.

  81. Grande The Way August 11, 2016

    How are people saying Usher or Pink deserve this more than Rihanna? What iconic videos does Pink have? Lol. Rih has had far more visual impact than Usher

    • Molly #TheMostRelevantBitch August 11, 2016

      Chile I’m trying to figure out why usher deserves it tbh.. Cause he dances ?

      • SMH August 11, 2016

        Because Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars wouldn’t exist if they didn’t have Usher videos playing on MTV.

      • blue August 11, 2016

        most people equal being able to dance to being a great performer or making great videos…look at how most of them question videos like stay, kiss it better and russian roulette

      • blue August 11, 2016

        justin timberlake, usher, chris brown and bruno mars are influenced by mj first of all. nothing about the other 3 screams usher apart from the parts he has borrowed from mj

      • Selenator *Feel Me* August 11, 2016

        1. Bruno Mars is NOTHING like Usher
        2. Those other artist wouldn’t exist if MICHAEL JACKSON videos weren’t playing on MTV, Usher especially. Do not credit Usher for anyone’s career when he had a room right next to Chris and Justin in the house MJ built. Please

      • Molly #TheMostRelevantBitch August 11, 2016

        But wait Chris biggest inspiration has always been MJ. And girl Bruno and Usher aren’t even alike you tried.

  82. Briano August 11, 2016

    So glad we have Rihanna

  83. Rihboy August 11, 2016

    Just like it was a mess when they have Beyoncé the Cfda award of the years. That was definitely purchased. Moreover Rihanna’s visuals are always on point. So I don’t understand why all this hate is necessary. Lol. If anything I think she should have gotten it before bey.

    • GoGo Yubari August 11, 2016

      OK! Cause we all know Beyonce did NOT deserve that award. We even now Hive

    • BEY>RIH August 11, 2016

      Girl the lies!! Rih didn’t deserve that award before Bey or Gaga.

  84. Molly #TheMostRelevantBitch August 11, 2016

    Only girl
    Man down
    Russian Roulette

    All had epic and well shot videos.

    • Selenator *Feel Me* August 11, 2016

      Umbrella was arguably the biggest music video of the pre-VEVO days of YouTube tbh

  85. StarXavi August 11, 2016

    Rihanna’s videos have been slaying for a while! So, I don’t get the shade in this post or in the comments. Her videos are visually stunning! Always.

  86. @Negroorific on Twitter August 11, 2016

    GrapeJuice, y’all just hating now. If Madonna was getting this award, this article would’ve been worded very differently.

    Rihann has been in the business for almost 15 years and has been at the front of pop culture. IT’S TIME YALL PUT SOME RESPECT ON HER NAME!

  87. Selenator *Feel Me* August 11, 2016

    How can you say Rihanna doesn’t deserve this but turn around and say it should go to Gaga, Usher, or Pink? Lol Umbrella, We Found Love, S&M, Disturbia, Hard, Rude Boy, Where Have You Been, BBHMM, and Pour It Up are just some of Rih’s videos that have made a global impact, whether it was for controversy or starting discussions. If Rihanna was 10 years older no one would have a problem with this. I guess ageism isn’t just against old people. It also works to discredit young people.

    • Molly #TheMostRelevantBitch August 11, 2016

      Girl you better go off and clock TEA.

      • Selenator *Feel Me* August 11, 2016

        These girls are trying it sis

  88. Selenator *Feel Me* August 11, 2016

    Nnnn @ an Usher fan claiming he birthed anyone’s career as MJ never existed and didn’t birth his career. Usher is literally a mix of Mj and R. Kelly. The only career he created was the other Justin guy or whoever. Thats like saying CiCi is responsible for Tinashe and Zendaya as if Janet never happened lol.

  89. wayno August 11, 2016

    Rihanna deserves this!
    14 #1 songs and some amazing videos, but the girl just can’t dance

  90. King B August 11, 2016

    Congrats! I would love a performance for Disturbia and Umbrella. Tho my favorite visual is Man Down.

  91. Mel August 11, 2016

    Congratulations Rihanna,much deserved, God Bless You?????

  92. Mark111 /.\ August 11, 2016

    What a YEAR for this woman! This is RIHANNA’s moment, I’m not spending it on the haters. She is the only female and of two artist period to win Video Of The Year twice. This girl went from perfroming at the VMA preshow to being honored. She’s winning AOTY at the grammys and that will make her the younger legend. She just won’t let the haters rest, must be a career bc she gives you haters So much to hate on. lol

    • Kev August 11, 2016

      LOL You really can’t believe what you just wrote. All that free head you said you give out must be getting to your brain. Spit, not swallow.

  93. Mark111 /.\ August 11, 2016

    15 minutes of nothing but #1s. Not everyone can do that. 🙂

  94. Bitchpleaseeee August 11, 2016

    Congrats Riri much deserved ????????❤️?

  95. Kev August 11, 2016

    I thought MARK and his bottoming Navy said the MTV AWARDS were IRRELEVANT. Now that Rihanna’s flop ass is getting an MJV award, you f*** want to do an about face. You bitchs are the biggest flops, just like your fav lol

  96. Dancer!!! August 11, 2016

    Britney Spears absolutely deserves it, she’s a POP ICON before any Rihanna, Katy or Gaga, she has ICONIC videos, Baby One More Time, Oops I Did it Again and Toxic just too name a few! MISSY ELLIOT DESERVES THIS AWARD THOUGH!! Her videos are unmatched and so f****** creative!! Rihanna is WACK too me, she’s not an artist she’s a puppet! This new generation is LOST!! It’s sad!!

    • Molly #TheMostRelevantBitch August 11, 2016

      And Britney’s not a puppet? Oh the irony.

  97. Dancer!!! August 11, 2016

    PS. Rihanna has been in the game 11 years f*** out of here with that 15 years b*******! She came out in 2005 but didn’t blow up until ’07! Her first two albums were a flop!

    • Mark111 /.\ August 11, 2016

      First album went gold and the 2nd went plat and sold just as much as her later albums have. Over 1 million in the US and 4 million WW. Plus two top 10s and a #1 hit. A Girl Like Me was no flop.

  98. Royalkev August 11, 2016

    My first reaction to this was that it’s way too soon, but after giving it some thought, I’m over that! It might be premature, but Rihanna has been in the game for more than 10 years now! She’s also still relevant! The Navy and Hive constantly fight everyday, but we don’t take the time to notice how these 2 ladies are seeing people come and go!

    Since Beyonce & Rihanna’s reign we’ve watched many big icons and over-hyped artists (that’s given 10 times more temporary credit than our favs) fade. For the last 16 years we’ve seen a lot of empires crumble! So seeing Beyonce and Rihanna still standing tall after all this time means something! Britney was the first mega-icon to take a hit! … Don’t get me wrong, she’s still a pop princess, but she was expected to last longer than she did, given her status! Lady Gaga’s domination also ended prematurely. Miley’s gimmicks got old fast! Even Eminem isn’t a big deal now.

    Now that we can officially makes claims that both, the ‘Lemonade’ and ‘Anti’ era made some noteworthy accomplishments in yet another era by these 2, it’s time to see if their peers can do the same! We’re all watching Katy, Taylor and Adele to see if one of them is next to go! This industry is tough and having longevity isn’t easy! Hive and Navy will never be besties, it’ll never happen! … but at least both teams can say that their fav is damn sure leaving a mark (whether folks like it or not)!

    • iSpeakTruthNoFallacy August 11, 2016

      This is the realest comment. Lady Gaga fell all the way off. In my opinion, she killed pop music. Her theatrics became bigger, and an artist must always remember first that the music matters more than anything. In my opinion she killed pop music; however, she is very talented and will always have herself a gig. Right now, many long-term TSwift fans, that fell in love to the redneck beauty in her country roots, are not interested in her new persona. Adele will remain standing. Now, I don’t see her have the pop culture relevance in the next 3-4 years; however, she will always for the rest of her life be able to sell an album and book a stage. Out of all 4 girls mentioned, the next fall though is Katy Perry who is the Cyndi Lauper of generation. She’s had super big hits, but she’s not an icon to the kids the same way of all the other girls. Her hits don’t mean anything, because any girl could’ve song those songs. Katy Perry doesn’t have a distinct sound, style or theme as an artist. She’s just this pop singer chasing the next big hit with some glossy video. There is absolutely no hype for her turn. NO ONE is eager to hear her next project. She betta pray that she gets a smash hit this era or its a seat belts clicked career ready for descend.

      • Grande The Way August 12, 2016

        People have saying Katy is Cyndi Lauper since 2009 and that each coming album would be her last. I remember no one thought she’d make it past #2 but it ended up being her most success and smashing every record. Cyndi only had like 6 hits, two going to #1. I’d also argue that Katy’s style has always been campy and that it is very easy to recognize a song she has written. She has way too many hits and too many big hits to written off like that. She’s the accidental pop star no one thought would last this long. Keep in mind that it will 10 years for her next year since she made her pop debut with Ur So Gay. At this point, you can’t write her out.

      • JOHNVIDAL August 12, 2016

        ISpeak LMAO
        So Lady Gaga killed pop music and music should come first??? You mean that as a marketing product fan yourself???? LMAO Gaga has talent, it´s a pucking obvious fact. If she doesn´t have the success right now it is because she was too big so quickly, not because she doesn´t deserve it. However Rihanna is a joke, a musical joke. And you claim you defend music?? LMAO wow.

  99. FC/JC August 11, 2016

    After examining the facts, I honestly dont see a problem with her being awarded this honor….

  100. candance August 11, 2016

    i love this girl and i am proud of her!rih is an anti-star: no one could not predict what she become now ( humble origines, no background before coming in usa) but being true to herself and a very smart young woman, she has changed the perceptions people have in some artistic domains ( music, fashion, videos) her simplicity , humility, sensibility, fragility brought authenticity in her work…this girl is so touching that people want just to love her not necessary like a true star but like a sister, a daughter…Congrats to her, she deserves this award!

  101. Sebastian August 11, 2016

    Rihanna, hitmaker of this decade. Beyoncé doesn’t have hits this decade. Queen Rih.

    • BEY>RIH August 11, 2016

      The awards has nothing to do with hits b****.

  102. FarahJ August 11, 2016

    No background?? Bisssshhh stfu.

    Anyway… Congrats Rihanna!! Well deserved <3

  103. ilovemusic August 11, 2016

    The Vangourd award is the lifetime achievement award of the VMA’s which Rihanna definitely deserves. She is the epitome of the cross over to the new digital/ streaming era of music. Rih congratulations. Furthermore why would Beyonce fans be mad? She has already received this award. Let Rih have her moment. It really doesn’t matter who’s the youngest to receive this award. I’m just happy she received it before Taylor Swift wack ass got it.

  104. BeyonceIsASlut August 12, 2016

    Mess @ people thinking Rih doesn’t deserve this award.

    Just cause your fave released 42 bland ass music videos for her bland ass albums doesn’t mean they’re iconic either.

  105. The truth August 12, 2016

    I see it really sucks to be a Beyonce fan

    • *Loving life August 12, 2016

      Lol This coming from a microphasllus lientery ass troll. How ridiculous, Beyonce has been there, and has done that. She’s the most awarded female artist in history. It’s funny though, because just a few weeks ago, the navy declared the MTV awards as inconsequential when Bey received 11 nominations, now that Rihanna is getting an award that Bey received 2 yrs ago, they want to celebrate and say otherwise. You and your fellow navy need to have a seat in one of those empty anti tour arena venues.

      • The truth August 12, 2016

        Lol by your response it does

      • *Loving life August 12, 2016

        Go take your meds sweetheart, you’re unhinging again.

      • The truth August 12, 2016

        Lol and the winner is not Beyonce

      • Sebastian August 12, 2016

        most awarded female artist? and that lie? Taylor Swift has more awards than her (and outsold her, as well)

      • *Loving life August 12, 2016

        @ Sebastian, do your research doll. Beyonce is indeed the most awarded female artist.

  106. BEY>RIH August 12, 2016

    How does ot suck to be a Bey fan? Yall bitxhes act like she hasn’t already recieved the award and isn’t nominated for 11 awards. If “Work” is so iconic why isn’t it up for VOTY. Must suck to be a rihanna fan.

    • *Loving life August 12, 2016

      Exactly, they couldn’t cognitively believe that. Those ignoramuses are a bunch of milquetoast weirdos. I mean think about it, they stan for Rihanna, embarrassing.

      • The truth August 12, 2016

        Lol I wonder how many awards Beyonce will receive that night even if she wins all of them the Queen of the night will still be Rihanna lol

      • *Loving life August 12, 2016

        Sure sweetheart, Beyonce has already won this award, been there done that, that’s no concern. She’s now looking to snatched Madonna’s record. I must say, your trolling is cute, yet embarrassing, because it gives direct transparency into how pathetic you are. Big hugs sweetheart.

  107. FarahJ August 12, 2016

    Lol Rih is collecting the biggest award of the night.
    I’m so impressed with how she is dominating 2016.
    Records broken.
    Album still charting high.
    Multiple hits
    Girrrrl Miss Rihanna came to slay!!

  108. Angelina August 12, 2016

    Rihanna is that b1tch! I wonder what she’s going to perform. Man Down video and Russian Roulette was soooo good. MJ would approve.

  109. Capella August 12, 2016

    That girl just won’t go away. Let bey shine bright.. Always casting a shadow, damn!

    • *Loving life August 12, 2016

      Next time say this with one account, instead of the other three you have above lol embarrassing.

  110. Kanyade August 12, 2016

    None of the past winners should be compared to Michael Jackson.


    With that said it is a celebration of great visuals, and much like her contemporaries: Beyonce, Justin, Britney, etc.


  111. Q_T August 12, 2016

    yasssssssssssssss RIRI!!!!!!!!!!!

  112. ow Reddish tran ivy blobukz Need UK timely Ukuyiji August 12, 2016

    Great for rihanna

  113. Rosicky August 14, 2016

    This thread is a disease. Rihanna fans are so IGNORANT, its pretty toxic reading these comments. Like, do u even know what a Video Vanguard honor is for? Clueless. Rihanna is a serious low-point candidate, there is no justifying anything, it’s just an absolute catastrophe. Rihanna fans needs to shut up, she got this award somehow…so i suggest u TAKE IT & RUN.

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