Beyonce will be in the house! The pop superstar has joined the eclectic lineup of performers for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. On Thursday, MTV.com posted the surprising news about the network’s big get, and also revealed that the Grammy-winning star will be the recipient of the evening’s highest honor, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
The “Halo” singer, who's been busy all summer with her "On Run Tour" tour with hubby Jay Z, joins fellow icons including Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, George Michael and Janet Jackson for the award show’s lifetime achievement honor.
Beyonce has had a long history with MTV’s famous awards show, starting with her freshman appearance back in 2000 with Destiny’s Child. The Los Angeles Times recalled that she hung upside down from the rafters for her solo “Baby Boy/Crazy In Love” medley at the 2003 show, and in 2011 she famously used the forum to reveal that she was pregnant, when she slyly rubbed her belly at the end of her performance of the song “Love On Top.”
In addition to Beyonce, musical guests Usher, Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5 have all been confirmed to perform at this year’s VMAs. And rapper Iggy Azalea recently revealed on the “Today” show that she will team up with Rita Ora to perform the song "Black Widow" on the live show.
The MTV awards show is known for its controversial moments. The very first edition of the show, back in 1984, featured a wedding dress wearing Madonna performing her then-new single, “Like a Virgin.” And last year, Miley Cyrus made headlines for her raunchy VMA duet with singer Robin Thicke. But the buzziest moment in the show’s history came in 2009—and it involved this year’s Video Vanguard Award honoree.
During that show, Kayne West jumped up on stage and famously interrupted VMA winner Taylor Swift’s Female Video of the Year Award speech, insisting that Beyonce should have won it.
Bey later acknowledged that while she knows her pal has good intentions, his behavior that night mortified her. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey's O Magazine, Beyonce said, “Well, I knew his intentions, and I knew he was standing up for art; and he told me before, when they said the nominees, he's like, 'You have this award.' When they didn't call my name he was, like, completely shocked. And when he walked on the stage, I was like, 'No, no, no!' and then he spoke, and I was like, 'Oh, no, no, no!'"
The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. ET.