The 2023 Latin Grammys brought many stylish moments, with stars like Karol G and Danna Paola slaying the chicest outfits. Among the well-dressed crowd, one of the stars that stole the spotlight was our favorite barranquillera, Shakira. The singer wowed the audience with not only one or two but four outfit changes! If you couldn’t keep up with Shak’s wardrobe last night, do not fret; FIERCE breaks down her ultra-fashionable looks.

Shakira’s red carpet glam 

Shakira has had quite a successful year, so naturally, in between Guinness Records and charting music hits, she was one of the most nominated artists of the night. (And one of the most anticipated arrivals to the red carpet too). 

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Kicking off the night on a high note, the “Copa Vacía” singer made a showstopping appearance in a Harris Reed set. The two-piece consisted of a golden corset with black accents and a matching black bottom. The velvet skirt featured a high slit and a subtle train that left her golden platform shoes in plain sight. To complement the look, Shak let her natural waves fall down her shoulders and adorned her hands with Tiffany & Co. jewelry. 

The global sensation received the award for Best Pop Song for “Bzrp Music Session Vol. 53” with Bizarrap, dressed in a gorgeous design. And just like in previous award ceremonies this year, she celebrated the win with her children, Milan and Sasha. 

A message hidden in a beautiful garment 

Shakira then reappeared on the stage to perform her single “Acróstico.” The singer chose a golden look that sparked conversations and debates online. The outfit featured a corseted bodice and a layered chiffon skirt with a high slit on the side. It was also sprinkled with religious motifs, including a cross pendant and an embroidered image of the Virgin Mary. 

While some people debated about the title and devotion of the Virgin portrayed in the dress, others centered on the possible message Shak was conveying. According to some internauts, the image on Shakira’s dress belonged to the Mater Dolorosa (Our Lady of Sorrows). The Virgin is generally represented with one sword or seven swords piercing her heart. 

Fans tied up the religious connotations — this devotion to the Virgin Mary is associated with the pain she experienced witnessing her son’s passion and death — with the meaning of “Acróstico,” an emotional track dedicated to her children. The online theories were further fueled by the pre-recorded cameos of Milan and Shasha in Shak’s performance. 

Fans also speculated that the religious image could be an homage to the Virgin Mary. (Shakira was raised in the Catholic faith and has previously described herself as a religious person). Regardless of the real meaning, there’s no denying the dress nodded at an ever more profound significance in Shak’s moving performance. 

‘Esto es pa’ que te mortifique’

Later in the show, Shakira reemerged to perform “Bzrp Music Session Vol. 53” with Bizarrap. Steering away from her previous looks, she opted for a printed bodysuit and coordinated leggings. The outfit belonged to Jean Paul Gaultier’s Tattoo Collection and matched the fun and energetic performance. 

Finally, Shakira went on stage to receive the Song of the Year award dressed in a striking chainmail dress. In her speech, Shak dedicated the award to her children. “I promised them that I would be happy,” she said. “I’m already thinking of what’s to come, of the music I’m going to write, the tours I’m going to make, and the public I’ll share them with,” she added, anticipating her upcoming projects. 

To close off the night, the Colombian music icon posed with her three Latin Grammy awards — she also bagged Collaboration of the Year for “TQG” with Karol G. Queen behavior right there!