Shakira heats up the VMAs 2023 red carpet in backless chainmail gown

She’s ready to “Waka Waka” the red carpet.

Shakira arrived on the VMAs 2023 step-and-repeat Tuesday night wearing a slinky gold Versace gown.

The backless chainmail dress — which featured massive side cutouts and a thigh-high slit — clung to the Grammy winner’s curves, showing off her enviable figure.

Shakira wore her long tresses hair down in beachy waves and completed the look with drop earrings and a few gold rings.

The “Hips Don’t Lie” hitmaker was joined on the red carpet by her two sons, who wore matching matching black and gold Versace tracksuits.

The 46-year-old will be honored with this year’s Video Vanguard Award and take the stage for her first VMAs performance in 17 years.

Shakira at the VMAs.
The Versace gown featured massive cutouts at the singer’s waist.

Shakira at the VMAs.
The backless dress put the “Hips Don’t Lie” hitmakers curves on full display.
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Previous recipients of the prestigious award include Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Janet Jackson and Missy Elliott.

“Shakira is a true global force who continues to inspire & influence the masses with her unique, musical prowess. She’s a trailblazer for women around the world & one of the first artists to lead the globalization of Latin music,” said Bruce Gillmer, chief content officer of music at Paramount+ and president of music, music talent, programming and events at Paramount.

“Her massive impact across the musical landscape will be long lasting as she continues to create and entertain at the highest level.”

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Shakira at the VMAs.
The 46-year-old kept her hair down in her signature loose waves.
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Shakira at the VMAs.
The mother of two walked the carpet with her two sons.

Shakira’s also nominated for four other awards this year: Best Collaboration (for “TQG” with Karol G), Best Latin (for both “XQG” and solo single “Acróstico”) and Artist of the Year.

The Colombian singer’s won four Video Music Awards over the course of her career thus far.

This year’s VMAs are being held at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, with Nicki Minaj playing host for a second consecutive time.

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