Justin Timberlake will receive the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during the 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards” on Sunday, August 25, at 9 pm EST. MTV made the announcement today and stated that Jimmy Fallon is set to present his longtime friend with the award.
Timberlake has been the architect behind some of the most innovative and popular music videos of the last two decades including the emotionally drenched “Cry Me a River,” futuristic dance party, “Rock Your Body,” the dark and sultry, “SexyBack,” the exquisite black and white rat pack throwback “Suit & Tie,” as well as the hauntingly beautiful “Mirrors.”
In honor of his artistry and innovation, Justin Timberlake will be presented the coveted “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award” joining a prestigious list of past recipients including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Britney Spears.
As a solo artist and as a member of *NSYNC, Timberlake has collectively won an astounding 14 VMAs, including “Male Artist of the Year” and “Quadruple Threat of the Year” in 2007 and “Best Pop Video” for “Cry Me a River” in 2003, which puts him second only to Madonna in total wins.
In addition to receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Justin Timberlake is also set to perform during the show. He returns to the VMAs after a hugely successful year that saw his album, The 20/20 Experience debut at the top of the charts around the world. The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2 is set to be released on September 30. “Like I Love You.”
Timberlake, along with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, leads this year’s VMA pack with six nominations each. Timberlake’s nominations include “Video of the Year,” “Best Male Video,” “Best Pop Video” and “Best Editing” for “Mirrors,” while his “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay Z, scored nods for “Best Collaboration,” and “Best Direction”.