Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
The recipient of the Video Vanguard Award at this year’s ceremony is none other than the four-time VMA victor herself, Shakira.
Shakira certainly has a knack for owning the red carpet, no matter the time or place.
The Colombian sensation, aged 46, made a grand entrance at the MTV Video Music Awards, wearing a breathtaking chainmail Versace gown that exuded sensuality from every perspective. She opted for a minimalist approach to accessorizing, complementing the attention-grabbing ensemble with coordinating metallic platforms while maintaining her trademark center-parted, waist-length mermaid waves.
Shakira made sure to display the gown’s allure from every angle, masterfully striking a captivating over-the-shoulder pose that showcased its alluring backless design.
The musician made the evening even more special by bringing along her two sons, Milan, aged 9, and Sasha, aged 7, whom she shares with her ex, Gerard Piqué. They accompanied her as her plus ones for the occasion.
Her sons were also impeccably dressed in full Versace attire, sporting matching tracksuits adorned with the iconic gold print of the Italian fashion label.
This year’s VMAs hold a profound significance for the stylish entertainer. She is set to receive the prestigious Video Vanguard Award, an accolade that acknowledges an artist’s lifetime accomplishments, during the ceremony.
Bruce Gilmer, Paramount’s President of Music, Music Talent, Programming, and Events, as well as Paramount+’s Chief Content Officer for Music, expressed admiration for the honoree in a press statement, saying, “Shakira is a true global force who continues to inspire and influence the masses with her unique musical prowess. She’s a trailblazer for women around the world and one of the first artists to lead the globalization of Latin music. Her massive impact across the musical landscape will be long-lasting as she continues to create and entertain at the highest level.”
The Video Vanguard Award, an iconic honor, has previously been awarded to renowned artists such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, David Bowie, The Beatles, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, and Pink.
In addition to being the recipient of the Video Vanguard VMA, the “She Wolf” singer, who already boasts four Moon Person trophies, will also grace the stage for her first VMAs performance since her memorable rendition of “Hips Don’t Lie” with Wyclef Jean in 2006.
Furthermore, the Video Vanguard VMA recipient is in contention for awards in four other categories: Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration for her partnership with Karol G on “TQG,” and Best Latin for both “TQG” and “Acróstico.”
The VMAs hold a special place in the heart of the singer, who has enjoyed immense success and achieved global fame through her music videos since her debut in the early ’90s.
Remarkably, six of her iconic music videos—namely “Hips Don’t Lie” with Wyclef Jean, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” “Chantaje” with Maluma, “La Bicicleta” with Carlos Vives, “La La La (Brazil 2014)” with Carlinhos Brown, and “Pero Fiel” with Nicky Jam—have each amassed over a billion views on YouTube.
In 2023, the four-time VMA winner achieved a significant milestone by landing her first top-10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in over 15 years. This achievement came about with her tracks “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53” and “TQG,” marking her first top-10 hits since her 2007 collaboration with Beyoncé, “Beautiful Liar.”
Shakira’s VMA history includes her first win in 2000 for the International Viewer’s Choice (Latin America North) category with “Ojos Así,” and her most recent win was for “Beautiful Liar,” which secured the award for Most Earthshattering Collaboration.
She also clinched another International Viewer’s Choice award in 2002 for “Whenever, Wherever/Suerte,” and a VMA for Best Choreography in a Video for “Hips Don’t Lie” in 2006.