See How Nicki Minaj Fits With the Other Recent MTV Video Vanguard Winners

MTV recently announced the recipient of the 2022 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Nicki Minaj. She will receive the award at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 28. How do her music videos fit in with the past winners of the prestigious award?

Introduced in 1984, the award celebrates an artist that has "outstanding contributions and profound impact on music videos and popular culture."

Minaj to receive Video Vanguard Award
Nicki Minaj will be the first person this decade to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, premiering August 28th. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Newsweek takes a look back at the past 5 winners of the award and two music videos that impacted them receiving the award.

2016: Rihanna

Rihanna won the award in 2016. As a solo artist, she has starred in 41 different music videos. She has released eight studio albums. Check out two of her amazing music videos below.

B***h Better Have My Money

Released in 2015, Rihanna really wanted her money back. The music video turned movie featured Rachel Roberts and Mads Mikkelsen. Rihanna gets revenge on "the b***h" (Mikkelsen) who owes her money by kidnapping and torturing his wife (Roberts). The music video is rated TV-MA for violence, language and nudity.


"Umbrella," released in 2007 off her album Good Girl Gone Bad, was a hot hit, keeping the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven weeks. The music video featured none other than Rihanna dancing in falling glitter and sparks with an umbrella.

2017: Pink

In 2017, Pink took home the award for the several one-of-a-kind music videos she's released throughout her career.

Raise Your Glass

The inspirational song that has over 200 million videos has Pink reminding everyone that it's okay to be different. The pop singer references the World War II-era icon Rosie the Riveter, dances at prom, sings at a wedding and more.

Get The Party Started

The music video from 2001 reminds viewers of Y2K fashion, trends and overall vibes. The video shows Pink and her friends get ready to have a fun night at the club.

2018: Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez, or J. Lo for short, was honored to take home the award in 2018 for her impressive music video catalog over the last two decades.

Jenny from the Block

The 2002 hit features now-husband, Ben Affleck, as the couple aims to relax on a boat while being hunted down by paparazzi. The couple is also "spotted" in a pool, in the car and out and about in public. The video also shows how Lopez's life, personal or not, is always public.

Get Right

The video tells the stories of many women (portrayed by Lopez) inside a club. One woman is a DJ who is forced to bring her little sister to work, two others who work at the club, three club attendees, a celebrity, and perform a dance routine of the song playing in the club.

2019: Missy Elliott

The most recent winner of the award went to Missy Elliott in 2019.

The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

Another nostalgic video that features the fisheye lens effect that was highly popular in the 1990s, complete with memorable fashions statements. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" was released in 1997 and has over 28 million views on YouTube.

Get Ur Freak On

As featured on Rolling Stone's "500 Best Songs of All Time" at No. 8, "Get Ur Freak On" has a funky beat and plenty of dance sequences that will be remembered for decades to come.

2022: Nicki Minaj

On August 28, Minaj will be the first recipient of the award this decade. The Video Vanguard Award was skipped for the last two VMAs, replaced with the Tricon Award in 2020—which went to Lady Gaga—and the Global Icon Award in 2021, given to the Foo Fighters.


"Anaconda," the 2014 single ahead of Minaj's third studio album, The Pinkprint, samples Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back." Minaj follows the "Anaconda" theme by twerking in the forest, cutting fruit and working out. Drake is also featured in the final parts of the video.

Super Bass

Minaj had everyone trying to memorize the lyrics to her 2011 hit, "Super Bass," off her debut album Pink Friday. With over 900 thousand views, Minaj rides a motorcycle made of ice, throws a pink drink on a shirtless man and dances under a blacklight.

Minaj urged her fans to tune in as she receives the award as well as perform at the Video Music Awards on August 28 at 8 p.m. EST on MTV.

Be sure to check out all of the artists that have been nominated this year.

Newsweek has covered several articles on nominated artists including Doja Cat's doppelgänger that wowed the internet and the Lizzo lyric that confused Rosie O'Donnell.