Known for her groundbreaking music videos and and being unapologetically herself, Missy Elliott is set to receive the prestigious Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs next week.
The show's version of a Fashiontime Achievement Award (which has previously gone to David Bowie, Madonna, Kanye West and Beyoncé), recognises her innovative music videos over the last 25 years, and makes her the first female rapper ever to receive it.
With videos from 'Work It' to 'Get Ur Freak On', Missy broke, nay obliterated, the music video mould, and over the course of her career has been nominated for 41 VMAs, winning seven.
'Missy’s impact on the music landscape is indelible,” said Viacom’s Head of Music and Music Talent, Bruce Gillmer, in a statement.
'Her creative vision across production, performance and songwriting is unmatched.'
Most recently, Missy stormed back onto the scene with girl crush of the year Lizzo on her track 'Tempo'. She's also set to release her long-awaited seventh album soon.
Missy Elliott treats music videos like an art form. But her lyrics are also some of the most feminist, body-positive, sex-positive and hilarious of all time.
Here are our favourites to get you ready for the performance of Missy's lifetime at the VMAs on 26th:
'It don't matter where you're from, it's where you're at' ('We Run This', 2006)
Missy grew up in an impoverished, abusive household with a violent father and a cousin who sexually abused her. She escaped with her mother aged 14.
'F*** them haters, haters f*** whatever you say, because you know I'm too cool for you anyway' ('I'm Really Hot', 2006)
The self-belief is real.
'My style can't be duplicated or recycled, this chick is a sick individual' ('We Run This', 2006)
Missy's style proved you didn't have to be practically naked, or a size 0, to succeed in the music industry.
'Where you go, remember me, I'm the best thing in history' ('All In My Grill, 1999)
Confidence is key!
'I know you heard about a lot of great MCs, but they ain't got nothing on me' ('1, 2, Step', 2004)
Missy recently became the first female hip-hop artist inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
'Love my guts, so f*** a tummy tuck' ('Pump It Up', 2003)
Missy's been celebrating body-positivity before it became a buzzword.