2023 MTV VMAs: Shakira To Receive Honorary Video Vanguard Award

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

The MTV Video Music Awards are just around the corner, and Shakira will be one of the show’s shiniest stars. The Colombian singer will walk away with one of the ceremonies’ most prestigious accolades – the honorary Video Vanguard Award.

Bruce Gillmer, Paramount’s president of music, music talent, programming, and events, announced Shakira as the latest recipient of this prestigious award. He called her “a trailblazer for women around the world” and added that “her massive impact across the musical landscape will be long-lasting as she continues to create and entertain at the highest level.”

Shakira will make history as the first South American artist to win the Video Vanguard Award. This award is meant to honor trailblazing performers who had a profound impact on the modern music industry, and the list of its most recent recipients includes Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, and Jennifer Lopez.

Now’s a better time than ever for Shakira to collect this award, since she’s been on top of her game in 2023. After kicking things off with the viral hit “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53”, she gave us amazing songs “Acróstico”, “Copa Vacía” ft. Manuel Turizo, and Karol G’s “TQG”. She’ll perform the medley of her biggest hits when MTV Video Music Awards return to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on September 12.