Missy Elliott will become the first female rapper to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award when the 36th annual MTV Video Music Awards are presented on Aug. 26. This has been a year of firsts for Elliott. On June 13, she became the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Elliott is the fourth rap artist overall to receive the video vanguard honor, following LL Cool J (1997), Beastie Boys (1998) and Kanye West (2015).
Notably, MTV is continuing to name the award in Jackson’s honor. This is the first time the award has been presented since HBO aired the documentary Leaving Neverland, in which two men charged that Jackson sexually assaulted them when they were boys. Some wondered if the network would drop Jackson’s name from the award.
Jackson won the vanguard award in 1988. The award was named in his honor three years later.
Read more at Billboard.
Jeremy Meeks’ watch has ended and it’s time to hold whatever the equivalent of a viking funeral is for the storied career of a Gold Digger nonpareil. According to Us Weekly, Jeremy and his TopShop ATM Chloe Green have officially split after two years, one baby (Jayden Meeks-Green), and one hundred trips around the globe on daddy’s yacht. — Dlisted
YES! The Crown season 3 finally has an air date! — Go Fug Yourself
Gwyneth Paltrow had no idea that Samuel L Jackson was in the Avengers/Iron Man franchise as Nick Fury. Even though they literally worked together and did promotion together. She still just… blanked on him. — Celebitchy
Trevor Donovan as a cowboy. I’m in. — Boy Culture
Actor Wilson Cruz, one of the first celebs to call for a boycott of Equinox following news that its chairman Stephen Ross was hosting a Trump fundraiser in the Hamptons, says he hasn’t heard back from the gym since he wrote in to cancel his membership, and he’s pissed. — Towleroad
Olivia Jade tells gossip magazines to fuck off on Instagram. — Evil Beet Gossip
Jeana Turner, a runner-up on America’s Next Top Model Cycle 24 has posted a tell-all about her time on the show. She’s spilling the T, and has a lot to say. — OMG BLOG
John Legend made a surprise visit to Dayton, Ohio, Sunday, a week after a shooting there left nine people dead and at least 31 others injured.
The Grammy Award-winning singer, a native of Springfield, Ohio, about 30 minutes northeast of Dayton, put on a concert for the families of the victims and staff from local businesses in the city’s Oregon District where the shooting took place.
Before the concert, Legend met with Mayor Nan Whaley and employees of Heart Mercantile. The gift store is across the street from the site where a man armed with a .223-caliber high-capacity rifle unleashed a barrage of bullets on revelers enjoying a night out in the early morning hours of August 4. He was killed by police officers soon after he began firing.
Whaley thanked Legend in a tweet for coming to shop in the district and talk about gun reform laws.
Read more at CNN.
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