Over the course of a profession spanning 4 many years, Shakira has gone from a singer-songwriter widespread amongst Latin music followers to a worldwide legend. With a number of, chart-topping albums in each Spanish and English, the Colombian artist has not solely joined the ranks of musical icons like Cher, Prince, and Madonna, she’s additionally very a lot been in a league of her personal. So, it is solely becoming that at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, Shakira will be honored with the Video Vanguard Award, a advantage given to notable music trade figures who’ve demonstrated appreciable impression on music and popular culture at giant. The 46-year-old can be set to carry out at the VMAs for the first time in 17 years.

Past recipients embrace trade giants comparable to The Beatles, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, and Jennifer Lopez. Yet, whereas these artists have achieved monumental success, Shakira is exclusive in that her success is just not restricted to a single language. After the huge success of her breakthrough crossover album, “Laundry Service,” Shakira continued to nurture her English-language artistry with out giving up her Spanish-language roots. This versatility has culminated in an unimaginable profession that has seen the artist take dwelling three Grammys and 12 Latin Grammys amongst quite a few different honors. And she exhibits no indicators of stopping any time quickly.

After a hectic year that noticed her separating from long-time partner Gerard Piqué, “La Barranquillera” proved success is the greatest revenge, dropping her famous diss track “Session #53”

this previous January with in-demand Argentinian beatmaker Bzrp. The single debuted at No.9 on Billboard’s Hot 100, making Shakira the first girl to achieve the high 10 on the chart with a track in Spanish. And similar to that, Shakira turned her private tragedy right into a reminder of the caliber of artist she is— one who by no means fails to search out her footing in no matter style.

In the previous yr we have seen her brilliantly flip grief into artwork with singles like “Session #53,” “Monotonía that includes Ozuna (which had the greatest debut ever for a lady on Spotify in Mexico and Colombia), and “TQG” with Karol G (which debuted and peaked at No.7 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 in March). Her most up-to-date single “Copa Vacia” with fellow Colombian singer Manuel Turizo debuted at No.4 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay Chart.

She was also honored at Billboard and Telemundo’s first-ever Mujeres en la Música (Latin Women in Music) occasion with the Woman of the Year Award.

All of that is additional proof that Shakira is at all times evolving. The singer is nominated for 4 VMAs this yr together with Artist of the Year, Best Latin, and Best Collab for “TQG” and Best Latin once more for “Acróstico.”

So, earlier than she takes the stage on Sept. 12, we’re taking a visit down reminiscence lane with the following slideshow of Shakira’s most memorable moments at the VMAs.

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