Watch Missy Elliott dedicate her Video Vanguard Award to dancers: “Y’all are not just props”

Her numerous contributions to the art of videos were honored on Monday night.

August 26, 2019
Watch Missy Elliott dedicate her Video Vanguard Award to dancers: “Y’all are not just props” Missy Elliott performs at the 2019 ESSENCE Festival. July 5, 2019.   Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE

The most deserved winner at the 2019 MTV VMAs wasn't a surprise: Missy Elliott, the previously-announced winner of the Video Vanguard Award, took the stage on Monday evening to accept her prize, presented by Cardi B.

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"I want to dedicate this award to the dance community all around the world," Missy said, "because when y'all get on the stage with these artists, y'all are not just props." Watch a clip below, followed by the full speech:

Missy's award is the latest in a string of honors she's received this year. In May, Elliott and Justin Timberlake were awarded with honorary doctorates in music from the Berklee College of Music. She also became the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

Last week, Missy added another great music video to her collection with "Throw It Back," a song that appears on her surprise-released EP ICONOLOGY.

The 2019 VMAs are being held Monday evening at New Jersey's Prudential Center. Hosted by comedian Sebastian Maniscalo, the 36th annual award show has Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift leading the way with 10 nominations each, and Missy Elliott receiving the esteemed Video Vanguard Award. See the full list of winners here, and the best red carpet looks here.

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Watch Missy Elliott dedicate her Video Vanguard Award to dancers: “Y’all are not just props”