Beyoncé Knowles will be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on August 24, according to MTV.
According to the official MTV website, there is a number of reasons why Beyoncé was chosen to receive this top honor. First and foremost, she has been able to build a solid career in the music industry both as a multi-platinum selling solo artist as well as a member of one of the most successful female singing groups of all time, Destiny’s Child. Not only has Beyoncé won 11 Moonmen at the MTV VMAs over the years, but she made history by becoming the first female artist to top the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom at the same time.
The fact that Beyoncé was able to release a surprise album overnight without any promotion or advertisements and have that album become a #1 platinum-selling record speaks volumes all by itself – especially when you pay attention to the superior level of creativity that went into each of the music videos from that album.
However, when it comes to receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award this year, Beyoncé has some big shoes to fill. Not necessarily from the female artists that have won this award before her – including the likes of Madonna and Britney Spears. She has been able to outdo those two pop legends in more ways than one already. Her biggest competition right now is going to be the gentlemen that received the Video Vanguard Award last year – Justin Timberlake.
Justin Timberlake was able to put on one of the most emotionally-stirring and exciting medley performances of all time as he accepted this prestigious award last year. In addition to performing a well-developed medley of his own hit singles from his solo career, Timberlake even reunited his old boy band – N’Sync – for a couple of minutes on stage to perform snippets of some of their hit singles, including “Gone,” “Girlfriend” and “Bye, Bye, Bye.”
If Beyoncé has any chance of outshining Justin Timberlake when August 24th rolls around and it’s time for her to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, here are four steps that she will need to take:
- Perform an impressive medley of her biggest hits with choreography, impressive lighting and even pyrotechnics
- Use multiple stages throughout the venue in order to perform those songs
- Go through at least 2-3 costume changes throughout the course of the performance as if she was on tour in order to keep the audience engaged and excited to do whatever she has planned to do next.
- Reunite all members of Destiny’s Child – not just Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. No. She needs to bring back Latavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. Everybody seems to be on speaking terms with one another as we saw from the BET Awards earlier this year, according to US Magazine. That type of reunion would be the golden ticket that puts Beyoncé over the top.
Quite a few fans have already flocked to Twitter in order to voice their opinion about the news of Beyoncé winning the Video Vanguard award this year:
— Misteng Villanueva (@MhiztyOfficial) August 8, 2014
Beyoncé Keeps Winning! Michael Jackson’s #VideoVanguard Award? Oh, Ok. Legendary.
— LaMar x 2 (@lol_lamar) August 8, 2014
— Brennan Jackson (@brencyclopedia) August 7, 2014
— Blanca Diamante (@Maica415) August 7, 2014
And some reactions that were not as pleasant…
Once again..MTV proves itself to be..irrelevant!#VideoVanguard
— MelanieLuvsXSCAPE (@Mellie4Justice) August 7, 2014
What do you think? Will Beyoncé outdo Justin Timberlake when the time for her VMA performance comes around before accepting her Video Vanguard award? Does Beyoncé even deserve to win this award in the first place?