The last time Elliot performed at the show, she made an appearance in Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Madonna's opener and performed her hit "Work It."
Innovative clips, including "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)," "Sock It 2 Me," "Work It" and "Pass That Dutch," are among the most creative and memorable videos in music for any genre.
Past Video Vanguard recipients include The Beatles, David Bowie, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez. Elliot is the first female rapper to receive the honor.
The VMAs are Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. Eastern on MTV.