It’s looking like 2018 is Shakira’s year. The multi-award winning artist is embarking on her biggest World Tour to date and is nominated for the Best Latin Artist in the MTV VMA’s.
‘The Hips Don’t Lie’ singer got her nod at this year’s MTV VMAs and is one of the 6 Latino artists going head-to-head in the Best Latin Artist category alongside Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Jennifer Lopez, Luis Fonsi and Maluma. Shakira is hotly tipped to take home the gong having already scooped the 2018 Heart Radio Award for Best Latin Album of the Year.
In a move that other pop star mums are sure to follow, Shakira has taken her husband Gerard Pique and two sons Sasha and Milan on her ‘El Dorado’ World Tour as the 1st leg of the 54 date tour coincides with the boys summer holidays. Pictures of the family on social media have received praise by fans as the family visit the cultural hotspots of Europe.
Raised in Baranquilla, a district of North Columbia, Shakira wrote her first song at the age of 8 and was signed to her first record label at just 13. Shakira has also managed to scoop 2 Grammy Awards, 7 Latin Grammy Awards, 5 MTV Music Awards and 7 Billboard Music Awards. Not bad for a girl from the deepest darkest depths of South America.
Throughout her career Shakira has not only been a singer, but also a songwriter, record producer, choreographer and model. Her all-round personality means that she has not only written the majority of her songs but also created the dances in many of her music videos, including the video for the hit single ‘Waka Waka’ which had over 933 million views and became the 9th most watched video on You Tube ever.
Although Shakira’s first two studio albums were not hits, her third album Pies Descalzos immediately gave her prominence in the Latin American market. With the success of other albums, such as Dónde Están los Ladrones, she became a superstar in the Spanish-language market, known for her strong vocals and incredible hip-shaking and those killer belly dance moves.
In 1997 Shakira made the decision to move herself and her family to Miami where she began to learn English. In 2001 her debut English language album Laundry Service reached no.3 on the charts, selling more than 200,000 copies in the first week of release. Her album was full of major hits such as ‘Wherever, Whenever’ which became her breakthrough hit in the US, and after selling 10 million copies worldwide, it became the biggest hit of 2001.
Shakira soon became the highest selling Columbian artist of all time, and her records such as ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ began to top the charts gaining her several number ones. She also began collaborating with massive US artists such as Beyoncé Knowles. Their song ‘Beautiful Liar’ was released in 2007 and quickly became number one in several European countries including France, Germany, Italy and the UK.
By 2012 her US album sales alone had reached over 10 million. Shakira had created a worldwide phenomenon, which combined Latino, Arabic and hip-hop music together and reached out to such a variety of people that she was adored worldwide.
Her multitude of talents was broadened again when she was confirmed a Star Judge on popular NBC show ‘The Voice’, the fourth series aired in March 2013, just months after Shakira had given birth to her first child, Milan. Her personality and likeability definitely won over the hearts of the nation and she rapidly returned for the sixth series after taking a year off to spend time with her son and husband, professional Spanish football player Gerard Pique, who recently celebrated playing 100 Caps for Spain during the FIFA 2018 Russia World Cup.
Although it hasn’t been all fun and games in Shakira’s personal life. Shakira previously dated Antonio de la Rua, son of former Argentine President Fernando de la Rua. In 2013, de la Rua made headlines when he sued the Latin songstress for $100 million, charging that he had helped create some of his ex’s hit songs as well as the “Shakira brand.” Fortunately for the singer the superior court dismissed the lawsuit and she was not made to give La Rua any part of her income.
Even with their net worth of 220 million dollars Shakira doesn’t let her WAG status or fame get to her head. In 2010 the United Nations Labour Organisation honoured her for her philanthropic efforts and she became a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.
Along with these charity efforts she also created the Pies Descalzos foundation, named after her first hit album. The foundation was set up to help children in her native country, Colombia, to receive a quality education. Her charity work was also emphasised when she threw her world baby showers in the upcoming weeks to her second son´s births. Shakira organised and ran the event asking for gifts to be donated to babies that were in need all over the world. She claimed that “she hopes her charity efforts will make her sons proud.”
Their first Virtual Baby Shower was a huge success; over 80,000 children were vaccinated against polio, nearly four tons of therapeutic food helped children suffering from malnutrition, plus around 1,000 anti-malaria bed nets and nearly 200,000 oral rehydration salts sachets were distributed.
It is clear that Shakira is no longer just a singer, her talents vary so far and wide that she has become an exciting role model for younger generations. Her sons would indeed be proud.
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FUN FACT: Her husband and her share the same birthday but she is 10 years his senior.
February 2nd 1977 – Born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll.
1990 – Shakira signed her first record deal.
1996 – Her first album Pies Descalzos, meaning bare feet, sold more than 3 million copies.
1997 – Shakira moved to Miami to increase her American fanbase.
1998 – Her follow-up record, Dónde Están Los Ladrones, which translates as Where Are The Thieves, reached the top of Billboard’s Latin charts.
2000 – She won her first Grammy award for Shakira: MTV Unplugged.
2001 – Shakira released her first English-language album called Laundry Service.
2005 – Her album Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 garnered Shakira her second Grammy, this time for best Latin rock/alternative album.
2009 – Shakira released the album, She Wolf, which went platinum.
2010 – Her song Waka Waka became the theme tune for the FIFA world cup.
2010 – The United Nations’ International Labour Organisation honoured her for her philanthropic efforts
2012 – Her worldwide sales hit 70 million.
2013 – She had her first son, Milan, January 22nd with long-term boyfriend Gerard Pique.
2014 – She was listed 58th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
2015 – Shakira gave birth to her second son, Sasha, on January 29th.
2017 – Released El Dorado and announced biggest 54 date World Tour.
2018 – Nominated for MTV’s Best Latin Artist and won Heart Radio’s Best Latin Album.