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MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

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List of MTV Video Vanguard Award winners from every year the award has been given out. All MTV Video Vanguard Award winners are listed below in order of popularity, but can be sorted by any column. People who won the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award award are listed along with photos for every MTV Video Vanguard Award winner that has a picture associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the MTV Video Vanguard Award award recipients to get more information about each.

People who won the MTV Video Vanguard Award are usually listed by year, but on this list you've got a complete list of MTV Video Vanguard Award winners from all years. If this proves to not be a full list of MTV Video Vanguard Award winners, you can help make it so by adding to this one. This list includes the most memorable and well-known MTV Video Vanguard Award winners of all time. Anybody who won the MTV Video Vanguard Award usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the MTV Video Vanguard Award-winning people are listed here with photos when available. This list spans the history of the MTV Video Vanguard Award, so most of the famous MTV Video Vanguard Award winners are here and can be a good starting point for making a list of your favorites. This list answers the question "who are all the people who have ever won MTV Video Vanguard Award?"

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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1998

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Beyoncé Knowles ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

2014

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various singing and ...more

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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1991

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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

2011

Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she appeared in stage ...more

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1984

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David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1985

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Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

2019

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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

2003

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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1989

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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1992

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Hype Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

2006

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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1990

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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

2018

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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

2015

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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

2013

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Julien Temple is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1987

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Kevin Godley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1985

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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1997

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Lol Crème is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1985

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1986

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Mark Romanek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1997

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1988

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1987

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Richard Lester is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

1984

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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list MTV Video Vanguard Award Winners List

2016

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