Tonight Nicki Minaj won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at the MTV VMA’s.
Minaj is the first winner since Missy Elliott in 2019. The award was named after Michael in 1991. However in 2019 MTV dropped his name, though Missy Elliott referenced it by its full name in her acceptance speech.
Three years later and Michael is once again mentioned in the acceptance speech, on the eve of what would have been Michael’s 64th birthday. In her long list of thank you’ve, Minaj said:
“I wish that Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were here. I wish people understood what they went through. I wish people took mental health seriously, even for the people you think have perfect lives.”
Congratulations Nicki Minaj on winning the prestigious award!