MTV Could Remove Michael Jackson’s Name From The Vanguard Award

Contributed by Ciana Moore

With the MTV Video Music Awards right around the corner, a new report from Page Six revealed that MTV is considering renaming the prestigious “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award” by removing Jackson’s name. This is a result of the HBO “Leaving Neverland” documentary that was released earlier this year.

The HBO documentary went in depth about the sexual abuse allegations from Wade Robson and James Safechuck. They both claim Jackson groomed them as children and performed sexual acts.

The Michael Jackson estate filed a lawsuit of $100 million against HBO for making “disparaging remarks” about Jackson.

“HBO and the director were well aware of their financial motives and that ample opposing facts are available from numerous sources, but made the unconscionable decision to bury any evidence casting doubt on their chosen narrative,” stated Howard Weitzman, Jackson’s estate attorney.

However, there has still been much fallout following the controversial documentary. Some radio stations have stopped playing Jackson’s music and now, MTV is considering erasing his name from their most prestigious award.

A source tells Page Six, “There’s a lot of heated discussion at the network about how to handle the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award this year, and it’s getting ugly. There’s talk about if they should change the name, or get rid of it altogether. [There’s also talk] about who would present it and who would accept it. It’s a mess.”

MTV announced the VMA nominations last week with Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X among the most nominated. But there is still no word of who will be receiving the Vanguard award this year, or if there will even be one.

Previous winners of this honor include Beyoncé, Rihanna, Britney Spears, and Michael Jackson himself.

The VMAs will air live on Sunday, Aug 27 at 8/7c on MTV.