2023 MTV VMAs: Shakira Receiving Honorary Video Vanguard Award 

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

The Video Vanguard Award is one of the biggest honors that MTV Video Music Awards have in store, and this year’s winner has finally been announced. Shakira will receive this honorary award and perform a medley of her biggest hits at the upcoming MTV VMAs.

The Colombian singer will make history as the first South American artist to be honored with the Video Vanguard Award, and she has some big shoes to fill! The list of most recent recipients of this honorary award includes Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, and Jennifer Lopez.

The Video Vanguard Award is meant to honor artists who had a profound impact on the music industry. Shakira fits this description perfectly, according to Bruce Gillmer, president of music, music talent, programming & events at Paramount.

“She’s a trailblazer for women around the world & 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,” said Gillmer in a statement.

The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on September 12. Taylor Swift topped the list of nominees with eight nods, followed by SZA, Doja Cat, Kim Petras, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo, and Sam Smith.