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2023 MTV VMAs: Watch Shakira accept the Video Vanguard Award

Shakira. Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for MTV


Shakira was honored with the Video Vanguard Award at the 2023 MTV VMAs, where she delivered an excited speech thanking MTV for the prestigious award.

“It’s amazing to receive this from my friend Wyclef Jean,” she said of her “Hips Don’t Lie” collaborator, who presented her with the award.

“This is truly a surprise,” Shakira went on to say, before going on to acknowledge everyone who’s played an integral role in helping her craft her “visual history.” In particular, she expressed her gratitude for all of the women who’ve supported her along the way, as well as her friends and family for their support. Watch it below.

Her speech comes on the heels of an electrifying performance that featured a

Earlier this year, Shakira has shared the single “Acróstico” and “Music Sessions Vol. 53,” a collaboration with Bizzrap. The latter song addressed her breakup with Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué and her tax issues in Spain.

The 2023 MTV VMAs are taking place at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. Performers include Shakira, Doja Cat, Tomorrow x Together, Peso Pluma, and many more. Follow along on our live blog here.