Shakira Accepts Video Vanguard Award at 2023 VMAs

Shakira accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award onstage throughout the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Shakira made a triumphant return to the MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday, September 12, accepting the Video Vanguard Award and performing on the present for the primary time in additional than 15 years.

“Thanks, MTV, for being an enormous a part of my profession since I used to be solely 18 years outdated,” Shakira, 46, started her speech. “Tonight I wish to thank individuals who have performed a key function in my visible historical past.”

Shakira went on to shout out her “very expensive buddies,” her “artistic companions” and her loyal “military” of followers earlier than turning her consideration to her household.

“I wish to thank my dad and mom. I wish to thank my youngsters, Milan and Sasha, who’re right here,” she added, because the digital camera panned to the boys, whom she shares with ex Gerard Piqué. “Thanks a lot for cheering me up and making me really feel that Mama can do all of it.”

Milan, 10, and Sasha, 8, had joined their mother on the pink carpet earlier on Tuesday, sporting matching Versace tracksuits whereas Shakira glittered in a gold robe.

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Shakira is the primary South American artist to obtain the Video Vanguard Award. Previous honorees embrace Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake.

“Shakira is a real international pressure who continues to encourage and affect the lots along with her distinctive, musical prowess,” Paramount’s Bruce Gillmer mentioned in an August assertion asserting the award. “She’s a trailblazer for girls all over the world and one of many first artists to steer the globalization of Latin music. Her large affect throughout the musical panorama will probably be lengthy lasting as she continues to create and entertain on the highest degree.”

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This 12 months alone, Shakira obtained 4 VMAs nominations: Finest Collaboration and Finest Latin Video for “TQG” with Karol G, Finest Latin Video for “Acróstico” and Artist of the Yr. She has gained 4 VMAs and racked up 30 nods all through her profession. Her efficiency on the awards present marked her first dwell look there since she and Wyclef Jean teamed up on her hit “Hips Don’t Lie” in 2006.

Shakira Accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards

Shakira with sons Sasha and Milan Piqué on the 2023 MTV Music Video Awards.
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Shakira opened up earlier this 12 months about experiencing a artistic rebirth and persevering with to show herself after many years within the highlight. “I always have a [debate] with myself: I wish to test if I actually have expertise or if I nonetheless have it, if it has not disappeared,” she advised Televisa in February. “That’s what makes me wish to return to the recording studio and, now, I’m extra excited than ever.”

After going via a really public break up from longtime associate Piqué  in June 2022, Shakira relied on her music to get via the arduous days. “Music saved my life and gave me wings to fly,” she advised Individuals en Español one 12 months after the breakup. “It allowed me to be myself; it rescued me from probably the most troublesome moments. It related with who I actually am once I felt misplaced. After I couldn’t acknowledge myself, music was my mirror.”