Kanye West to Receive Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs

Kanye West
Mark Horton/WireImage

Kanye West performs on Day 3 of the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest on July 10, 2015 in Ottawa, Canada. 

Kanye West will be the latest recipient of the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards, which will take place on Sunday night (Aug. 30). MTV announced the special achievement award on Tuesday.



West has not been confirmed as a performer at the ceremony, which will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, although an extended medley has become the norm for Video Vanguard recipients. Justin Timberlake reunited *N SYNC during a 15-minute performance in 2013, while Beyonce showcased several songs from her self-titled album last year.

Rihanna Joins Kanye West From the Audience for FYF Fest Performance

West has been nominated for the video of the year VMA three times with zero wins. He last performed at the VMAS in 2013, when he played “Blood on the Leaves” from Yeezus.

Miley Cyrus will host the 2015 Video Music Awards, and the Weeknd is confirmed to be performing “Can’t Feel My Face.” Nick Jonas and Walk The Moon will play the VMAs pre-show, and Taylor Swift will unveil the “Wildest Dreams” music video prior to the awards telecast.

2015 MTV VMAs


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.