MTV announced today that in addition to performing at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Justin Timberlake will also receive the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for his “pioneering and innovative impact” on music vids.
JT is nominated for six awards this year (tied with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for the most of any artist) and is up for Video of the Year for his clip for “Mirrors.” This year, he has also released official music videos for “Suit & Tie,” “Tunnel Vision,” and “Take Back the Night,” adding to his legacy of memorable music videos, which in the past has included hits like “SexyBack” and “Cry Me a River,” which won Best Pop Video in 2003.
Counting his work with *NSYNC, Timberlake is second only to Madonna in total VMA wins, with 14. His follow-up to “The 20/20 Experience” drops Sept. 30.
Past recipients of the Video Vanguard award include Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Britney Spears.
The VMAs will air live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV. Other confirmed performers include Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Robin Thicke.