Michael Jackson's name scrapped from MTV Video Vanguard Award after renewed child sex abuse allegations

MTV has reportedly removed Michael Jackson's name from its Video Vanguard Award, which recognizes one iconic artist during the annual Video Music Awards broadcast, in light of child sex abuse allegations made in HBO's documentary "Leaving Neverland."

This year's recipient was Missy Elliott, who seemingly made a point of saying the late singer's name during her acceptance speech — "The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award means so much to me," Elliott said — and MTV reportedly wrestled with how to handle the change in the months leading up to the ceremony.

"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," an insider told Page Six in July. "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."

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Paris Jackson attends Republic Records Grammy after party at Spring Place Beverly Hills on February 10, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Republic Records)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Paris Jackson (L) and Gabriel Glenn attend Republic Records Grammy after party at Spring Place Beverly Hills on February 10, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for Republic Records)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 02: Paris Jackson attends the the Versace fall 2019 fashion show at the American Stock Exchange Building in lower Manhattan on December 02, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 02: Paris Jackson attends the Versace Pre-Fall 2019 Runway Show at the American Stock Exchange in the Financial District on December 02, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: Paris Jackson attends the Keith Haring x Alice + Olivia Launch Party at Highline Stages on November 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: Paris Jackson attends the Keith Haring x Alice + Olivia Launch Party at Highline Stages on November 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Paris Jackson attends the 2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala honoring Catherine Opie and Guillermo del Toro presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for LACMA)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: Paris Jackson attends the 2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala at LACMA on November 03, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Paris Jackson attends the Moschino x H&M - Front Row at Pier 36 on October 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Paris Jackson poses backstage for the Jeremy Scott show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Paris Jackson speaks onstage at Daily Front Row's Fashion Media Awards presented by Zadig&Voltaire, Sunglass Hut, Moroccan Oil, LIM, Fiji on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images for The Daily Front Row)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Paris Jackson attends The Daily Front Row 6th Annual Fashion Media Awards at Park Hyatt New York on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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During her speech, Elliott thanked a number of people, including Janet Jackson. Jackson, herself a recipient of the same award in 1990, was not present at the VMAs.

The Video Vanguard Award was renamed to honor Michael Jackson in 1991, five years after he met a then 10-year-old boy named James Safechuck, who has since come forward with detailed allegations of sexual abuse. He and Wade Robson, who was 5 years old when he first met Jackson, describe the alleged abuse in "Leaving Neverland."

The Jackson estate has filed a lawsuit against HBO over the documentary. Jackson died in 2009.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: (L-R) Tish Cyrus, Kaitlynn Carter and Miley Cyrus seen out and about in Manhattan on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott attend MTV VMAs, Pepsi & Monami Entertainment celebrate the Video Vanguard Award honoree Missy Elliott at her after-party celebration on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Naturi Naughton, Regina King, Cardi B and Star Brim attend MTV VMAs, Pepsi & Monami Entertainment celebrate the Video Vanguard Award honoree Missy Elliott at her after-party celebration on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Cardi B attends MTV VMAs, Pepsi & Monami Entertainment celebrate the Video Vanguard Award honoree Missy Elliott at her after-party celebration on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Halsey and Bella Hadid seen out and about in Manhattan on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Missy Elliott and Lizzo attend MTV VMAs, Pepsi & Monami Entertainment celebrate the Video Vanguard Award honoree Missy Elliott at her after-party celebration on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Hailee Steinfeld (L) and Bebe Rexha attend as Republic Records celebrates The 2019 VMAs at The Fleur Room at Moxy Chelsea on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Republic Records)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: (L-R) Bella Hadid, Taylor Swift, and Gigi Hadid attend as Republic Records celebrates The 2019 VMAs at The Fleur Room at Moxy Chelsea on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Republic Records)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Coco, Mona Scott-Young and Ice-T attend MTV VMAs, Pepsi & Monami Entertainment celebrate the Video Vanguard Award honoree Missy Elliott at her after-party celebration on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Lil Nas X seen out and about in Manhattan on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Lil Kim and Missy Elliott attend MTV VMAs, Pepsi & Monami Entertainment celebrate the Video Vanguard Award honoree Missy Elliott at her after-party celebration on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Blac Chyna attends MTV VMAs, Pepsi & Monami Entertainment celebrate the Video Vanguard Award honoree Missy Elliott at her after-party celebration on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Queen Latifah attends MTV VMAs, Pepsi & Monami Entertainment celebrate the Video Vanguard Award honoree Missy Elliott at her after-party celebration on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: (L-R) John Taylor, Joe Jonas, Monte Lipman, Kevin Jonas, and Phil McIntyre attend as Republic Records celebrates The 2019 VMAs at The Fleur Room at Moxy Chelsea on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Republic Records)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Bebe Rexha and Winnie Harlow at Republic VMA afterparty on August 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: (L-R) Justin Mikita, Bella Hadid, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Taylor Swift, and Gigi Hadid attend as Republic Records celebrates The 2019 VMAs at The Fleur Room at Moxy Chelsea on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Republic Records)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Winnie Harlow and Regina King attend MTV VMAs, Pepsi & Monami Entertainment celebrate the Video Vanguard Award honoree Missy Elliott at her after-party celebration on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Regina King attends MTV VMAs, Pepsi & Monami Entertainment celebrate the Video Vanguard Award honoree Missy Elliott at her after-party celebration on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Halsey arrives at Republic VMA afterparty on August 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Naturi Naughton attends MTV VMAs, Pepsi & Monami Entertainment celebrate the Video Vanguard Award honoree Missy Elliott at her after-party celebration on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Winnie Harlow and Missy Elliott attend MTV VMAs, Pepsi & Monami Entertainment celebrate the Video Vanguard Award honoree Missy Elliott at her after-party celebration on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Adriana Lima attends MTV VMAs, Pepsi & Monami Entertainment celebrate the Video Vanguard Award honoree Missy Elliott at her after-party celebration on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Star Brim attends MTV VMAs, Pepsi & Monami Entertainment celebrate the Video Vanguard Award honoree Missy Elliott at her after-party celebration on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Winnie Harlow poses on the red carpet during Missy Elliott’s MTV Video Music Awards after party on Monday, August 26, 2019 in New York City. Guests enjoyed specialty Courvoisier Cognac cocktails throughout the evening. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Courvoisier® Cognac)
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