Shakira

Shakira at the [[24th Annual Latin Grammy Awards]] in 2023 Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll ( , ; born 2 February 1977), known mononymously as Shakira, is a Colombian singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she has been referred to as the "Queen of Latin Music" and has been praised for her musical versatility. She made her recording debut with Sony Music Colombia at the age of 13. Following the commercial failure of her first two albums, ''Magia'' (1991) and ''Peligro'' (1993), she rose to prominence in Hispanic countries with her next albums, ''Pies Descalzos'' (1995) and ''Dónde Están los Ladrones?'' (1998). She entered the English-language market with her fifth album, ''Laundry Service'' (2001), which sold over 13 million copies worldwide. Buoyed by the international success of her singles "Whenever, Wherever" and "Underneath Your Clothes", the album propelled her reputation as a leading crossover artist and is the best-selling album of all time by a female Latin artist.

Her success was further solidified with the Spanish-language albums ''Fijación Oral, Vol. 1'' (2005), ''Sale el Sol'' (2010), ''El Dorado'' (2017), and ''Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran'' (2024), all of which topped the ''Billboard'' Top Latin Albums chart, making her the first woman with number-one albums across four different decades. Meanwhile, her English-language albums ''Oral Fixation, Vol. 2'' (2005), ''She Wolf'' (2009), and ''Shakira'' (2014) received platinum certifications in various countries worldwide. Some of her songs have reached number-one on the charts in multiple countries, including "Ciega, Sordomuda", "Whenever, Wherever", "La Tortura", "Hips Don't Lie", "Beautiful Liar", "She Wolf", "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", "Loca", "Rabiosa", "Can't Remember to Forget You", "Dare (La La La)", "La Bicicleta", "Chantaje", "Te Felicito", "Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53", and "TQG". Outside of music, Shakira served as a coach on two seasons of the American singing competition television series ''The Voice'' (2013–2014), had a voice role in the animated film ''Zootopia'' (2016), and executive produced and judged the dance competition series ''Dancing with Myself'' (2022).

Described as "one of the most influential and beloved artists of all time", Shakira has been credited with opening the doors of the international market for other Latin artists. With over 100 million records sold worldwide, she is one of the world's best-selling musicians. She is the best-selling female Latin artist of all time in the United States and worldwide, as of 2023, according to ''Billboard''. Noted to be a "global phenom" whose impact has "reached every corner of the world", Shakira has been described as an "artistic link between the west and the east" for popularizing Middle Eastern sounds in the West, and western sounds in the East (mainly the Middle East). Due to her heritage as a Colombian of Lebanese descent, she is perceived as particularly influential for Latino and Middle-Eastern musicians, and has been noted for introducing musical genres, instruments, and techniques from across Latin America, the Middle East, and other regions to a wider audience. Shakira is also credited with popularizing music in the Spanish language on a global level. In 2022, MTV included her in the list of "The Most Influential Women in the History of Music", being the only Latina on the list.

She has received numerous accolades, including three Grammy Awards, fourteen Latin Grammy Awards, seven ''Billboard'' Music Awards, thirty-nine ''Billboard'' Latin Music Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards (including the 2023 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award), twenty-one Guinness World Records, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was named the Top Female Latin Artist of the Decade by ''Billboard'' twice (2000s and 2010s). For her philanthropic work with her Barefoot Foundation and her contributions to music she received the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year awards in 2011. She was appointed to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in the United States in 2011, and Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 2012. Provided by Wikipedia
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