Shakira Gets Hollywood Star — First for a Colombian Star
Colombian pop idol Shakira was awarded a star
Tuesday on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, becoming the first Colombian
personality ever to grace the world-famous sidewalk.
Shakira, 34, was cheered on by hundreds of fans at the site just a
day before she was due to accept another award as the Latin Grammy’s
person of the year. Just 3 percent of the 2,345 entertainers
honored on the Walk of Fame are of Latin heritage, including Gloria
Estefan, Andy Garcia and Enrique Iglesias.
The global superstar rose to fame with her 1998 album Donde Estan
los Ladrones, which sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. She
won her first Grammy in 2001 when her MTV Unplugged was named best
Latin pop album.
Her first English-language album, Laundry Service, sold more than 13
million copies, while her 2005 single Hips Don’t Lie was one of the
best-selling albums of the decade. Her single Waka Waka (This Time
for Africa) was the official song of the 2010 World Cup.
Shakira has also been deeply involved in philanthropy with her
Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation supporting education for poor
children in her homeland and as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
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