Shakira joined MTV News’ John Norris briefly before last night’s Video Music Awards in New York City. Read on for a brief transcript.
John: We have got the red carpet covered here at Rockefeller Center. I’m John Norris in the middle of it all and joined by without a doubt one of the most beautiful people in the house tonight. Shakira, how you doing
Shakira: I’m good.
John: Welcome to the V.M.A.’S.
Shakira: Thank you so much.
John: First of all, congratulations. Seven nominations. Obviously you were everywhere this year. Were you surprised at seven nominations?
Shakira: Of course. I can’t recover from the idea of seven nominations. It’s amazing. I mean, I cannot believe it. I cannot believe it. I cannot believe that a simple girl like me from Colombia is here among the greatest artists in the pop world and participating on the stage with someone like Wyclef. It’s all very exciting.
John: Now, of course, you and Wyclef were kind of a Pan-Caribbean thing, Colombia. Tonight I understand there will be a little bit of Bollywood in the performance. Is that right?
Shakira: Don’t give it away.
John: I don’t want to say too much, but something different, right?
Shakira: This song represents what I call the multicultural world that we live in. I think that music and art are demonstrating that we can come together culturally and that this is the moment where real integration. There are so many sounds, like the Caribbean, like you just said, from Haiti, from Colombia. This represents that. So today we thought that it would be a cool idea to sort of bring other flavors, like the classical Indian dance and the Bollywood concept, which is pretty exciting.
John: I am so looking forward to it. Have a great performance and a great night and best of luck with everything tonight.
Shakira: Thank you so much. It’s a pleasure to be here.