MTV has removed the name of the late pop star Michael Jackson from its Video Vanguard Award. Michael’s name has been embroiled in a sexual harassment controversy that led to this move. Significantly, Michael’s name was previously used as a prefix.
Not officially announced: According to reports from Hollywood Media, the official removal of Michael’s name was not announced by the network. This came to light when a press release was issued to declare rapper Missy Elliott the Vanguard winner of 2019. In which Jackson was not named on the award.
Decision taken due to sexual abuse controversy: This step of MTV has come in the wake of HBO’s controversial documentary. In which Jackson was accused of sexual abuse by Wade Robson and James Safechak, his dependents. They are both alleging that Jackson molested them.
Winner was Michael in 1988: The first Vanguard Award was given in 1984. Michael Jackson won the Vanguard Award in 1988. MTV later renamed the award in 1991 to honor the Pop King and added Michael’s name. Missy became the first female rapper to receive this award in 2019.