Shakira to Receive Honorary Video Vanguard Award at 2023 MTV VMAs

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

This year’s MTV Video Music Awards are just two weeks away, and we already know who’ll walk away with one of the ceremonies’ most prestigious honors. Shakira has been announced as the latest recipient of the honorary Video Vanguard Award.

Bruce Gillmer, Paramount’s president of music, music talent, programming, and events, announced Shakira as the latest honoree, and described her as “a true global force who continues to inspire & influence the masses with her unique, musical prowess.”

Shakira is expected to perform a medley of her biggest hits at the ceremony and make history as the first South American artist to take the Video Vanguard Award home. She’s following in the footsteps of such trailblazing artists as Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, and Jennifer Lopez.

Shakira is off another landmark year, and she gave us one of the biggest viral hits of 2023 with “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53”. She also teased her next album with singles “Acróstico” and “Copa Vacía” ft. Manuel Turizo, and collaborated with Karol G on “TQG”.

The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards will return to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on September 12, and Taylor Swift is leading the list of nominees with a total of eight nods.