Colombian superstar Shakira lit up the stage at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards with her mesmerizing performance. The breathtaking medley showcased Shakira’s versatility as a performer and her ability to captivate the audience.
Kicking off her set with the iconic “She Wolf,” Shakira emerged from a human-sized cube, gracefully moving through yoga poses before transitioning into a more fluid and energetic dance. Her flesh-toned shimmery outfit added an element of glamour to her performance.
Joined by four male backup dancers, Shakira then delved into her electro-pop hit “Te Felicito” with Rauw Alejandro. The chemistry between the performers was palpable, and the crowd was instantly energized.
One of the most memorable segments of the medley was Shakira’s recreation of her famous 2006 VMAs performance with the extended version of “Objection (Tango).” Surrounded by tribal-styled percussionists forming a mesmerizing drum circle, Shakira showcased her star power and skill by effortlessly playing the electric guitar.
The crowd erupted when Shakira performed her hit “Hips Don’t Lie,” and even Taylor Swift couldn’t resist joining in on the Latin-style dance moves. Shakira closed her set with “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53,” and the audience enthusiastically sang along to the lyrics in Spanish.
During her performance, Shakira made a daring move and crowd-surfed, further enhancing the connection with her fans. She was also presented with a traditional Colombian sombrero by a member of the audience.
It was a historic night for Shakira as she became the first South American artist to receive the Video Vanguard Award. She expressed her gratitude towards MTV for being a part of her career since she was 18 years old. Shakira also thanked key figures involved in the creation of her music videos, her record label Sony Music, her parents, and her two sons who were in attendance.
However, Shakira saved her biggest thanks for her fans. In an emotional moment, she dedicated the award to her loyal supporters who have stood by her through thick and thin. She expressed her appreciation for their unwavering support and credited them for inspiring her and giving her the strength to continue her musical journey.
Shakira’s performance at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards was a true testament to her talent, versatility, and enduring popularity. She once again proved why she is a musical shapeshifter who continues to captivate audiences worldwide.