Beyoncé is being recognized with the Michael Jackson video vanguard award at this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, and the honor couldn't come at a more perfect time. After a hugely successful year — thanks to a Billboard No. 1 charting album, blowout Super Bowl halftime-show performance, and not one but two sold-out tours — Queen Bey is perfectly poised to receive the award, which was rightfully named after one of her biggest inspirations as an entertainer.
Since gaining fame as a member of Destiny's Child in the late '90s, Beyoncé has been a fixture at many VMA ceremonies and has taken the stage multiple times to perform, present, and accept trophies. From her first time walking the red carpet with Jay Z to being caught in the middle of a controversial moment between Taylor Swift and Kanye West to her epic pregnancy announcement after a 2011 performance of "Love on Top," we're taking a trip down memory lane with Beyoncé's most memorable VMA moments over the years. Before she accepts the vanguard award on Sunday, look back on the experiences that have prepared her for such a huge tribute, and be sure to watch all the amazing moments along with us in our live MTV VMAs viewing party at 8:30 p.m. EDT/PDT.
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