Whenever, wherever—Shakira continues to forge her musical legacy.
The "Hips Don't Lie" singer was honored at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards with the Video Vanguard Award, making her the first South American artist to receive the career accolade. (See the complete list of winners here.)
Taking to the stage in a blush pink outfit, Shakira thanked her collaborators and her record label, as well as her two sons Milan, 10 and Sasha, 8.
"I want to thank my parents and my kids, Milan and Sasha, who are here," she said onstage. "Thank you so much for cheering me up and making me feel like mama can do it all. Especially I want to share this award with my fans who always, always support me through thick and thin. Thank you so much for being my army and helping me fight all my battles."
The top honor marks Shakira's fierce return to the VMAs for the first time in 17 years. It also comes amid a career renaissance for the 46-year-old, who has released emotional new songs since her June 2022 split with Gerard Piqué.
One of those songs included the buzzy and record-breaking collab with Bizarrap, titled "Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53," which appeared to throw shade at Gerard, 36, who is now dating 24-year-old Clara Chia Marti.
"I've had a very rough year after my separation, and writing this song has been so important to me," Shakira said in a March 10 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. "It's been a healthy way to channel my emotions."
In May, Shakira further reflected on her life-changing year, which also included moving away from Barcelona, Spain with her and Gerard's sons.
"This has been a year of seismic change in my life where I've felt more than ever and very personally what it is to be a women. And what it means," Shakira said at Billboard's Latin Women in Music gala, per Billboard. "It's been a year where I've realized we women are stronger than we think, braver than we believed, more independent than we were taught to be."
Ahead of the VMAs, Bruce Gillmer—a Paramount music executive—called Shakira a "true global force."
"She's a trailblazer for women around the world & one of the first artists to lead the globalization of Latin music," he continued in a press release statement. "Her massive impact across the musical landscape will be long lasting as she continues to create and entertain at the highest level."
Keep scrolling to see all the stars at the 2023 MTV VMAs.