Shakira gave a sweeping, dancified profession efficiency on the 2023 MTV VMAs that had everybody at New Jersey’s Prudential Heart up on their ft. Earlier than accepting her Video Vanguard Award on Sept. 12, the four-time VMA and three-time Grammy winner hit the stage to belt out a medley of hits like “Hips Don’t Lie,” “She Wolf,” “Objection (Tango),” and lots of extra, proving as soon as once more why she’s greater than deserving of this 12 months’s honor. The ten-minute efficiency marked her first time again on the VMAs stage in 17 years.

Shakira’s good buddy and collaborator Wyclef Jean later introduced her with the Vanguard Award earlier than she gave a heartfelt speech, during which she thanked her two children (sons Sasha, 8, and Milan, 10) in addition to MTV “for being part of my career since I was 18 years old.” The Colombian-born singer, who was nominated in three classes this 12 months — together with artist of the 12 months — additionally devoted the award to her followers, thanking them for “always, always supporting me.” She added, “Thank you so much for being my army and helping me fight all my battles.”

Shakira, 46, made historical past this 12 months as the primary South American and second Latina artist to obtain the Vanguard Award, which saluted her stellar achievements throughout music. Forward of the VMAs ceremony, MTV paid tribute to the worldwide celebrity — who’s been a part of the present’s unforgettable moments via the years — as an icon who continues to maneuver the world along with her affect. “Shakira is a true global force who continues to inspire and influence the masses with her unique, musical prowess,” Bruce Gillmer — president of music, music expertise, programming and occasions, Paramount and chief content material officer, music, Paramount+ — stated in a press assertion. “She’s a trailblazer for women around the world and one of the first artists to lead the globalization of Latin music. Her massive impact across the musical landscape will be long-lasting as she continues to create and entertain at the highest level.”

Shakira’s newest honor follows after a tumultuous 12 months, during which she endured a really public breakup with ex Gerard Piqué and her tax-fraud case in Spain. Together with her Video Vanguard trophy, she now joins previous honorees like Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, Beyoncé, Madonna, Janet Jackson, and lots of extra. Take a look at her speech and epic efficiency forward.

Shakira 2023 MTV VMAs Video Vanguard Award Speech

Shakira 2023 MTV VMAs Video Vanguard Award Efficiency