MTV Is Reportedly Considering Dropping Michael Jackson’s Name From The Video Vanguard Award

July 29, 2019 By Jordan Miller

In light of the ongoing controversy, MTV may remove the king of pop’s name from the network’s prestigious award given to artists who have impacted popular culture with their music videos.

The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award could be shortened to the Video Vanguard Award, according to a new report from Page Six.

“There’s a lot of heated discussion at the network about how to handle the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award this year, and it’s getting ugly,” a source tells the site. “There’s talk about if they should change the name, or get rid of it altogether. [There’s also talk] about who would pre­sent it and who would accept it. It’s a mess.”

MTV began handing out the VMA Video Vanguard Award in 1984, but renamed it to the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in 1991 due to Michael’s groundbreaking visuals.

HBO’s now most-watched documentary ever, Leaving Neverland, detailed claims of Jackson’s alleged sexual abuse on minors. Jackson’s estate deny the allegations and have since filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO and a separate one on the accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

“MTV [potentially] banning his name is the latest fallout,” the source said. “They haven’t decided yet, but they’ve been going back and forth on it. There are a lot of issues.”

MTV recently announced the nominees at the 2019 VMAs, however it’s unclear if they’ll hand out a Vanguard Award this year or not. Past recipients include Madonna, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Kanye West, Pink, and JLo among others.