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Kanye West to collect prestigious Vanguard Award at VMAs

Kanye West is to win the MTV Video Music Awards' highest honor, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

In a statement, MTV said West will win the award for his "career-spanning groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances and continued impact on music, art, fashion and culture."

The award is the VMAs' version of a lifetime achievement award, and has been given in the past to music greats like David Bowie, the Beatles, Michael Jackson and Madonna.

Last year, Beyonce received the award; husband Jay Z came on stage with baby Blue Ivy Carter to present the honor. Other artists in recent years to win the award are Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.

In its statement, MTV pointed out West's trilogy of videos for "Jesus Walks," the innovated animation of "Heartless" and the artistry of "Bound 2" as evidence of the rapper's groundbreaking accomplishments. The music TV channel also referred to West's unique staged performances, such as 2013's "Blood on the Leaves" and "Otis" with Jay Z in 2011.

The 2015 MTV VMAs will air on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. ET. Miley Cyrus will serve as host, and the Weeknd will debut the first televised performance of the hit song "Can't Feel My Face."

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