Shakira poised to create MTV VMA history in 2023

The upcoming 2023 MTV Video Music Awards is definitely one for the books as it features the return of global superstar Shakira after a long 17 years. The Colombian artist is set to make history as the first South American artist to receive the prestigious Video Vanguard Award, adding to her already immense impact on the music industry. Fans are eagerly anticipating her performance, as Shakira’s unique blend of Latin and global sounds and her undeniable stage presence have consistently captivated audiences worldwide. It’s truly an exciting moment for the music and entertainment industry, and we can’t wait to witness it all unfold.

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Shakira has been awarded the Video Vanguard Award, joining a list of esteemed artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, P!nk, Missy Elliott, and Nicki Minaj. Her contributions to the music industry have transcended borders and genres, solidifying her status as an iconic artist. This year’s VMAs are particularly significant for Shakira as she will have the perfect stage to perform her 2023 hit, “TQG,” a collaboration with Karol G, who is also set to perform at the event. The song has already become a chart-topper and crowd favorite, and rumors of a potential performance by the duo have already begun circulating, with many believing it could be the highlight of the night.

Karol G y Shakira

Karol G shares that Shakira has been nominated for four VMA awards this year, including “Artist of the Year,” “Best Latin,” and “Best Collaboration.” Her impact on the music industry is undeniable, and her global audience is eagerly anticipating the award ceremony airing live from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Shakira’s musical prowess is a true inspiration to people around the world, and she has played a significant role in the globalization of Latin music. As a trailblazer for women in the industry, her influence across the musical landscape will continue to be long-lasting as she continues to create and entertain at the highest level. Bruce Gillmer, Paramount and chief content officer, Music, Paramount+, echoed these sentiments, stating that Shakira is a global force who has inspired and influenced the masses with her unique talent.


Shakira’s upcoming appearance at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards solidifies her status as an iconic figure in the music industry. Her ability to bridge cultures and inspire generations through her art is exemplified by her performance and reception of the Video Vanguard Award. This promises to be an unforgettable evening that will be cherished by music enthusiasts for years to come. Shakira has had memorable moments at previous VMAs, including her fiery debut in 2002 with “Objection (Tango)” that included her signature belly dancing moves and even a crowd surf. She also made history with the first all-Spanish performance at the VMAs in 2005, singing “La Tortura” with Alejandro Sanz.

The VMAs haven’t seen this Colombian sensation grace their stage since 2006 when she teamed up with Wyclef Jean to give a stunning performance of their popular track “Hips Don’t Lie.”

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