It was announced this morning that Beyoncé will be the opening act for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, in addition to being presented with the MTV’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, honoring an artist’s body of work.
The award was presented to and renamed for Michael Jackson in ’91 and has since been awarded to other talents including Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Britney Spears and the Beastie Boys.
MTV released a statement about why they chose Bey as their 2014 recipient, saying:
“The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award has been presented to exemplary musicians who have made an incredible and long-lasting impact on pop culture. When it came time to choose the 2014 VMA recipient, one particular name stood out above the rest — global entertainer, singer-songwriter and philanthropist, Beyoncé.”
As if that weren’t enough great news for the singer, she’s also the most nominated artist this year, with a total of 8 noms including Video of the Year for “Drunk in Love” featuring husband Jay Z, Best Female, Best Collaboration, Best Video With a Social Message and more.
The woman is clearly too busy running the world to deal with those pesky divorce rumors and we don’t blame her. Congrats, Bey!
The MTV VMAs air live on August 24th at 9 p.m. EST.