Rihanna has had an amazing run of memorable and popular videos throughout her career, with the videos she’s released in the past few years stepping things up a notch. As evidenced by “Bitch Better Have My Money,” Ri Ri has set out to almost create short films with her clips. Videos and Rihanna seem to be a marriage made in heaven, as she has become just as much of a visual artist as she is a recording artist, and the medium of music videos have served her well, even if you do have to watch some of her more NSFW clips tucked under your desk at work.
She is once again nominated for a handful of awards at this year’s VMAs in addition to the Video Vanguard Award, most notably Best Female Video for “Work” and Best Male Video for her collaboration with Calvin Harris and She Who Must Not Be Named, “This Is What You Came For.” She is nominated twice for Best Collaboration, with both of those songs getting nods.
Past recipients of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award include Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, the Beastie Boys, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Beyonce and Jackson himself.
The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards are on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m.