|Birth Date||2 February 1977|
|Appearance(s)||9 Week 4 |
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Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, businesswoman, and philanthropist.
Born and raised in Barranquilla, her first studio albums, Magia and Peligro, failed to attain commercial success in the 1990s; however, she rose to prominence in Latin America with her international debut album, Pies Descalzos (1996), and her fourth album, Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998).
Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service in 2001. Its lead single, "Whenever, Wherever", became one of the most successful singles of 2002. Her success was solidified with her sixth and seventh albums Fijación Oral, Volumen Uno and Oral Fixation, Volume Two (2005). Shakira's eighth and ninth albums, She Wolf and Sale el Sol, were released in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Her official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", which featured a South African band Freshlyground, became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time with ten million downloads. With over two billion views, it is one of the most viewed music videos on YouTube. She has four of the twenty top-selling hits of the 2000s, more than any other artist.
Shakira has received numerous awards, including three Grammy Awards, thirteen Latin Grammy Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, thirty-nine Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and sold more than seventy-five million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling music artists. She is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.