Shakira Being Honored With Video Vanguard Award at 2023 MTV VMAs

Shakira at the'Elvis
Shakira at the "Elvis" premiere at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in May 2022. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Shutterstock (12956242ch)

2023 has been another amazing year for Shakira, and her many accomplishments will be celebrated at this year’s MTV VMAs. The Colombian superstar has been announced as the latest recipient of the honorary Video Vanguard Award.

This prestigious award is meant to celebrate the “outstanding contributions” and “profound impact” that one trailblazing artist left on the music industry and popular culture at large. Shakira perfectly encapsulates these values, according to Paramount’s president of music, Bruce Gillmer.

“Shakira is a true global force who continues to inspire and 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,” said Gillmer in a statement.

2023 has been a year to remember for Shakira, largely thanks to the success of her viral, record-breaking hit “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53”. She also dropped singles “Acróstico” and “Copa Vacía” ft. Manuel Turizo, and collaborated with Karol G on “TQG”.

The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards will take place on September 12, and Shakira is expected to perform a medley of her biggest hits. She’s the first South American artist to receive the ceremony’s highest honor, following in the footsteps of Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, and Jennifer Lopez.