Give Missy Elliott the next VMA Video Vanguard Award

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Give Missy Elliott the next VMA Video Vanguard Award

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Marcia Dawkins started this petition to President, Viacom Media Networks Music & Logo Group Van Toffler

(1) It’s time for gender equity. In the history of the award only three women have been honored—Madonna (1986), Janet Jackson (1990), Britney Spears (2011)—and none of these have been rappers. Like other female recipients Missy disrupted music video traditions by crafting some of the most creative and memorable music videos of the 1990s and 2000s.
(2) The definition of “vanguard.” Missy is “the leading part of an advancing formation.” Her unique visual presentations actually make viewers see sound, consistently challenging MTV’s stylistic boundaries and leading the way to new directions. Her collaborations with Hype Williams represent rap videos’ mid-to-late-1990s Gilded Age and contributed to hip hop's merger with the pop mainstream, not to mention the successes of contemporary VMA royalty like Justin Timberlake and Macklemore.
(3) Unapologetic excellence. “Lose Control” and “Work It” are about a disruptive musical mindset. “She’s a B*tch” and “All N My Grill” are about how to deal with patriarchy and relationship conflicts. “One Minute Man,” “Get Ur Freak On” and “I’m Really Hot” show us how to be funny and creative and, somehow, sexy. “Gossip Folks” is about how to deal with celebrity. “The Rain” shows us how to transform every day household items into the coolest sci-fi fashion. And, “Sock It 2 Me” shows us how to be a superstar and stay true to your own quirkiness.
(4) Blurring boundaries and honoring hip hop’s roots. Her videos have deeper themes, which “flip and reverse” stereotypes from mythology, history, sociology and romance. Missy gives MTV’s global audience a heroine played by a woman of color, which is exactly what they’re looking for nowadays. That’s probably why she was partying with PSY in Korea at KCOM instead of getting this year’s Video Vanguard at the VMAs.

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