Shakira's Hits Don't Lie During Electric VMAs Video Vanguard Award Performance

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Shakira proved her status as an icon while making history as the first South American performer to win the Video Vanguard Award during the 2023 MTV Music Video Awards on Tuesday night.

The Colombian singer, who first graced the VMAs stage back in 2002, performed a high-energy, 10-minute medley of English and Spanish-language hits that included “She Wolf,” “Te Felicito,” “TQG,” “Objection (Tango),” “Whenever, Wherever,” “Hips Don’t Lie,” “Ojos Así” and “BZRP Music Sessions #53.”

The crowd roared as Shakira slinked around stage in a champagne dress that glittered with her every move, later slipping on a metallic jacket to gyrate with a group of male dancers before walking into the crowd to sing with fans during her grand finale. At one point, she even picked up a guitar and showed off her shredding skills.

The performance was a powerful comeback for Shakira, who said she went through the “darkest hour of my life” after breaking up with soccer player Gerard Pique and facing allegations of tax evasion in Spain last year. (The star is set to face trial later this year and is currently the subject of a second tax probe.)

Shakira performs at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday.
Shakira performs at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday.

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After her big performance, Shakira took the stage to accept her award and thank MTV “for being part of my career since I was 18 years old.”

Before her big performance, Shakira dazzled in a gold Versace gown while walking the red carpet with her sons 10-year-old Milan and 8-year-old Sasha.

As a Video Vanguard Award winner, the Latin music icon joins the likes of Beyonce, Britney Spears, Rihanna, and the evening’s hostess, Nicki Minaj.

Paramount+ executive Bruce Gilmer sang Shakira praises when announcing her Video Vanguard honor last month.

He called her “a true global force who continues to inspire & influence the masses with her unique, musical prowess. She’s a trailblazer for women around the world & one of the first artists to lead the globalization of Latin music.”

He added, “Her massive impact across the musical landscape will be long lasting as she continues to create and entertain at the highest level.”

Along with her new Video Vanguard Award, Shakira has earned four previous Moon Man trophies.

Check out the full list of 2023 VMA winners here.

Correction: A previous version of this article said Shakira’s father died last year. He was hospitalized in the ICU around the time of her breakup with Gerard Pique.

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