The show will air live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Monday, Aug. 26.
According to People, It’s the VMA’s highest honor, and one that has gone to a bevy of iconic musical acts since it was created in 1984 like: Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, U2, Pink, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Kanye West, The Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Madonna, David Bowie and just last year, Jennifer Lopez.
“Missy’s impact on the music landscape is indelible,” Bruce Gillmer, Viacom’s head of music and music talent said in a statement. “Her creative vision across production, performance and songwriting is unmatched.”
Elliott will also perform on the show, in her first VMA appearance since 2003. MTV did not say which song(s) Elliott would be singing on the show, but with a legacy that spans three decades, she has a lot to choose from.
Elliott has topped the charts as a lead artist on a number of hit songs, including “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” “Lose Control,” “WTF (Where They From),” “Gossip Folks,” “The Rain,” “4 My People,” and “One Minute Man.”
She’s also been a songwriter and producer for other artists, guested on a handful of major hits like Ciara’s “1, 2 Step” and the 2001 “Lady Marmalade” with Mya, Pink, Lil’ Kim and Christina Aguilera.