Shakira Named Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year

GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning artist to be honored at star-studded tribute concert on Nov. 9 in Las Vegas
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September 26, 2011 -- 4:47 pm PDT
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Current three-time Latin GRAMMY nominee, seven-time Latin GRAMMY winner, two-time GRAMMY winner, and international superstar and philanthropist Shakira will be the 2011 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year, it was announced today by The Latin Recording Academy.

Shakira, who is currently nominated for three Latin GRAMMY Awards, including Album Of The Year, will be honored for her renowned artistic and philanthropic contributions at a tribute dinner and star-studded concert on Nov. 9 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Songs from Shakira's still-growing catalog will be performed by notable artists and friends of the honoree. A major portion of the net proceeds from the gala will benefit Shakira's Pies Descalzos Foundation as well as The Latin Recording Academy's Latin GRAMMY in the Schools educational efforts. The celebration will precede the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be broadcast live on the Univision Network on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central.

"I am elated on behalf of The Latin Recording Academy and its Board of Trustees that the much admired Shakira — whose incredible talent and artistic integrity are equaled only by her commitment and dedication to philanthropy and selflessly helping those in need — has been elected the 2011 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "We are honored to pay homage to this dynamic, socially conscious woman whose illustrious career has touched so many people around the world, both musically and personally."

"It is truly an honor to be in the company of some of the greatest artists and legends of Latin music," said Shakira.

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira showed early talent in school as a live performer, demonstrating her vocal ability in combining rock, Latin and Mediterranean influences as well as her own original twist on belly dancing. As a singer/songwriter, dancer, producer and musician, she emerged on the international music scene in the early '90s. In 1996 Shakira released Pies Descalzos, featuring the hit singles "Estoy Aqui" and "Se Quiere…Se Mata," both topping the Billboard Latin Pop Airplay chart. Her next album, Dónde Están Los Ladrones?, proved an even bigger success. She followed with the release of her first live album in 2000, Shakira — MTV Unplugged, which spawned her first GRAMMY for Best Latin Pop Album. At the inaugural Latin GRAMMY Awards ceremony in 2000, Shakira received her first two Latin GRAMMY Awards. She released her first crossover album, Laundry Service, in 2001, which became the most successful album of her career to date. Her next album, 2005's Fijacíon Oral Vol. 1, featured the hit "La Tortura" with singer/songwriter Alejandro Sanz. The album and single earned her four Latin GRAMMY Awards. Shortly thereafter, she released Oral Fixation Vol. 2, which included the worldwide hit "Hips Don't Lie" in collaboration with musician/producer Wyclef Jean. Shakira released She Wolf in 2009 and followed up with Sale El Sol in 2010. In addition to her busy recording schedule, Shakira has performed at many benefit concerts and on many successful global concert tours.

Shakira's numerous philanthropic efforts began at age 18 when she founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation, a charity providing special schools for underprivileged children throughout Colombia. She is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, chosen for her involvement in global issues and her deep commitment to helping children. As an advocate for universal education, she served as honorary chairperson for the Global Campaign for Education, generating awareness for the U.S. Education for All Act in 2007. At the 2007 Clinton Global Initiative Shakira received a commitment of $40 million from the Spanish government to help the victims of natural disasters. In its December 2008/January 2009 issue, People En Español named Shakira the Humanitarian of the Year as part of its Las Estrellas del Año (Stars of the Year) awards. On her 32nd birthday, Shakira opened a new $6 million school in her hometown of Barranquilla, which she sponsored along with her Pies Descalzos Foundation.

Shakira will have the distinction of becoming the youngest artist to receive the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year honor. She joins a list of artists that includes Plácido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Gilberto Gil, Julio Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and Carlos Santana, among others.

For information on purchasing tickets or tables to the 2011 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year tribute to Shakira, contact The Latin Recording Academy ticketing office at 310.314.8281 or ticketing@grammy.com.

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