On Tuesday at the MTV Video Music Awards, Shakira delivered a captivating ten-minute performance that took the audience on a journey through her illustrious musical career. She concluded the show with a breathtaking rendition of one of her recent hits, “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53.” MTV bestowed upon her the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, the network’s highest honor, and hailed her as a “global legend and cultural icon.” Shakira expressed her gratitude for MTV’s unwavering support throughout her career.
A Walk Down Memory Lane: Shakira’s Iconic Musical Journey
Before receiving the prestigious honor, Shakira graced the stage in a mesmerizing ensemble, delivering a timeless repertoire spanning almost three decades of her illustrious musical career. She opened with “She Wolf” amidst a backdrop of dazzling pyrotechnics. Her performance featured hits like “Te felicito” (2022), “TQG” (2022), “Objection” (2002), “Ojos así” (1998), “Whenever Wherever” (2001), and “Hips Don’t Lie” (2005). The grand finale was her global sensation alongside Bizarrap, ‘Music Sessions, Vol. 53’ (2022). Shakira’s performance showcased her versatility, incorporating dance, vocals, guitar skills, and even crowd interaction. Notably, several celebrities, including the enthusiastic Taylor Swift, were captivated by her showmanship.
An Emotionally Charged Expression of Gratitude at the MTV VMA
In a profoundly moving and heartfelt acceptance speech, Shakira conveyed her deepest appreciation upon receiving the prestigious lifetime achievement award. With tears glistening in her eyes and a voice trembling with emotion, she took a moment to reflect on the pivotal moments of her life and career.
Shakira first turned her attention to her family, expressing her gratitude for their unwavering support throughout her journey. She spoke of her parents, who nurtured her talent and instilled in her the passion for music that would come to define her life. Her voice quivered as she mentioned her partner, Gerard Piqué, and their two children, Milan and Sasha, who have been her pillars of strength and inspiration.
A Collaborative Triumph: Shakira and Karol G Shine Together in MTV Video Music Awards
Shakira’s brilliance transcended her solo performance and award. She joined forces with fellow Colombian artist Karol G to receive the “Best Collaboration” award for their 2022 hit, “TQG.” This song marked the third installment in a series released in 2022, following Shakira’s separation from Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué, her partner of 12 years.
A Year Filled with Musical Triumphs for Shakira
These accolades for Shakira come after a year brimming with musical successes and extensive collaborations with Latin artists, including Karol G, Raw Alejandro, Ozuna, and Manuel Turizo. In April of this year, Billboard honored Shakira as the “Woman of the Year” in recognition of her exceptional career and outstanding accomplishments in 2022 and early 2023. Notably, songs like “Monotonía” with Ozuna and her collaboration with Bizarrap on “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53” set records, with 14 world records broken, as reported by Billboard.
A Storied Legacy: Shakira’s Impact on the Music World
Shakira’s MTV VMA performance was an outstanding moment in the Colombian artist’s career. Billboard confirmed that the Colombian singer has sold over 95 million records worldwide, solidifying her status as one of the most successful Latina artists in history. Furthermore, she ranks among the top 10 most influential artists of all time on YouTube, accumulating over 20 billion views. Shakira also holds the distinction of being the most streamed female Latin artist of all time on Spotify.