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Rihanna’s VMA Performance May Make MTV History, Says Producer


Lester Cohen/Getty Images via ABCRihanna plans to give viewers a whole lot to talk about Sunday night after her scheduled appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Rih Rih will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award during the televised event, but instead of giving a speech, she’ll instead perform to honor herself, the show’s executive producer, Jesse Ignjatovic, tells Entertainment Weekly

“If we’re talking on Monday the 29th or after the show Sunday, everyone will be surprised with what she’s done to make this honor her own and something that’s extremely impactful,” says Ignjatovic. “I can tell you it’s going to be one of those ‘holy crap’ VMA moments. She’s not playing. She’s bringing it,” he adds. 

Rihanna’s got good company. Previous Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award winners include MadonnaKanye WestBeyoncé and the late Michael Jackson himself.

The MTV Video Music Awards airs live Sunday at 9 p.m. ET. 

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