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MTV VMAs: How Missy Elliott’s broke the music video mould

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Missy Elliott released her debut single The Rain in 1997

Missy Elliott is almost as well known for her groundbreaking music videos as she is for the songs they accompany.

The rapper, whose real name is Melissa Elliott, is set to receive a prestigious award in recognition of her innovative music videos over the last 25 years.

She will take home the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs, which has previously gone to Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Kanye West, Pink, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Jackson, who the prize is named after.

For her fans, who have been campaigning for her to receive the Vanguard for several years, the acknowledgement is long overdue.

“Her presence as a full-figured black woman bursting with creativity

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