Singer and actor Jennifer Lopez will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV announced on Tuesday.
Lopez, 49, who is also performing live- a first at the show since 2001, appeared in MTV’s Facebook Live Segment where she called the honour ‘amazing’.
“I grew up on MTV and watching all my idols get this award. Being the recipient is like - I can’t even believe it. I’m so excited,” Lopez said.
‘Waiting for Tonight’ singer, Lopez has sold over 80 million records worldwide till date.
The network called Lopez “one of the most iconic and influential multi-hyphenates across music, film, television, fashion, business and philanthropy” in a press statement.
Lopez is also nominated for two Video Music Awards—Best Collaboration and Best Latin Video—for her most recent single, “Dinero”, which also features DJ Khaled.
Previous Vanguard winners include Michael Jackson himself, Madonna, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, P!nk and rock band Guns N’ Roses.
This will be Lopez’s third VMA trophy.
Lopez previously won Best Dance Video “Waiting for Tonight” in 2000, and Best Hip-Hop Video “I’m Real” in 2002.
The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards will be held on August 20 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
(With inputs from agencies)