Shakira has received numerous awards, including 5 MTV Video Music Awards, 3 Grammy Awards, 13 Latin Grammy Awards, 7 Billboard Music Awards, 39 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated.She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and sold over 125 million records worldwide as of 2012 making her the best selling South American singer and one of the best selling artists of all time. President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics – a four-person group that advises the president and Education Secretary.Vargas held Shakira in high regard and, returning to the Sony office, gave the cassette to a song and artist director.
Shakira's first studio albums, Magia and Peligro, failed to attain commercial success in the 1990s; however, she rose to prominence in Latin America with her major-label debut, Pies Descalzos (1996), and her fourth album, Dónde Están los Ladrones? As of 2001, before releasing her best seller Laundry Service, she has sold over 10 million albums alone in Latin America.Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service.After the poor performance of Magia, Shakira's label urged her to return to the studio to release a follow-up record.Though then little known outside of her native Colombia, Shakira was invited to perform at Chile's Viña del Mar International Song Festival in February 1993.Shakira spent much of her youth in Barranquilla, a city located on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia, and wrote her first poem, titled "La Rosa De Cristal/The Crystal Rose", when she was only four years old.
As she was growing up, she was fascinated watching her father writing stories on a typewriter, and asked for one as a Christmas gift.
She got that typewriter at the age of seven, and has continued writing poetry since then. When Shakira was two years old, an older half-brother was killed in a motorcycle accident; six years later, at the age of eight, Shakira wrote her first song, titled "Tus gafas oscuras/Your dark glasses", which was inspired by her father, who for years wore dark glasses to hide his grief.
When Shakira was four, her father took her to a local Middle Eastern restaurant, where Shakira first heard the doumbek, a traditional drum used in Arabic music and which typically accompanied belly dancing.
She performed three songs for the executives and impressed them enough for her to be signed to record three albums.
The songs are a collection made by her since she was eight, mixed pop-rock ballads and disco uptempo songs with electronic accompaniment; however, it was hampered by a lack of cohesion in both its recording and the production.
is a Colombian-Lebanese singer, songwriter, and dancer.