Her flaming-red hair circa Loud. Her oversized denim jacket in FourFiveSeconds. Her Spring Breakers-esque gangster posturing in Needed Me. Rihanna has always been an artist who's recognized that to be a pop icon, the visuals accompanying her various eras are just as important as the music.
That's why, this Sunday, MTV's Video Music Awards will present Rih with the Video Vanguard award, a lifetime achievement honor-of-sorts that celebrates stars whose videos have helped define pop music's modern narrative.