Shakira dedicates MTV Video Music Awards recognition to her children and Latinos
Shakira made history by becoming tonight the first Latin American artist to receive the “Video Vanguard Award”, joining a list of stars that includes Madonna, David Bowie and Beyoncé.
Colombian singer Shakira received recognition for her career this Tuesday at the MTV Video Music Awards gala in New Jersey (USA), and dedicated it especially to her children and Latin fans around the world.
The “Hips don’t lie” singer made history by becoming the first Latin American artist to receive the “Video Vanguard Award”, joining a list of stars that includes Madonna, David Bowie and Beyoncé, as announced by the music channel.
Shakira Makes History as First Latin American Artist to Receive Video Vanguard Award, Joining Icons Madonna, David Bowie, and Beyoncé at MTV VMAs
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She first thanked MTV, a music channel that she said has accompanied her since she was 18 years old; then she listed a series of collaborators who have supported her “visual story,” and finally she addressed a group closer to her heart: her children and fans.
“To my kids, Milan and Sasha, who are here cheering me on, and make mom feel like she can do it all. And to my fans, thank you for being my army, helping me in every battle,” she declared, in English.
“This is for you, my Latin American people, inside and outside this country: thank you for inspiring me, giving me strength and the will to go on,” she finished, with a big smile and raising the golden award in her fist.
In the award announcement statement, MTV officials noted that “Shakira is a true global force who continues to inspire and influence with her unique musical prowess and talent.”
“She is a beacon for women around the world and one of the first artists to lead the globalization of Latin music,” said Bruce Gillmer, head of music for Paramount, which owns MTV.
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