Shakira honored 2005

The American Music Award honored Colombian born musician and singer Shakira as America’s favorite Latina artist on November 22, 2005.  Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll’s father was a Lebanese immigrant to Colombia, and her dual Latino and Middle Eastern heritage has greatly influenced her work.  “Shakira” translates as “woman full of grace” in Arabic, and her complex, beautiful music reflects this aspiration.  Shakira’s crossover album into the US market was “Laundry Service” (2001), which earned the number three spot on Billboard’s album sales ranking. Shakira continues to win awards for her music, including three Latin Grammys.

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