On Tuesday, Shakira joined Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Celia Cruz and other Latinos recognized on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, but she is the first Colombian to receive such an honor.
And on Wednesday, she will receive a very special award from The Latin Recording Academy at the 12th Annual Tribute Gala at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. A VIP dinner and concert with other artists performing her songs will be part of the event. Shakira is being honored for her artistic and philanthropic contributions, namely her charity work through her Fundacion Pies Dezcalsos (Barefoot Foundation).
"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's Person of the Year," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy.
Fundacion Pies Dezcalzos, which works to provide education for impoverished children, currently has five schools in different regions of Colombia and provides education and psychological support for more than 4,000 children.Billboard News spoke to Shakira earlier this week about her philanthropic awards. Speaking of her Fundacion Pies Dezcalzos charity, Shakira said:
From the onset, it was clear to me that my foundation would deal with education, with creating schools where there's no government presence, where there's no hope. It's frustrating to see that in Latin America and in other developing countries education is treated as a luxury instead of being recognized as a fundamental right. There are so many intelligent, vibrant children who can't develop their potential. I believe every child is born with a talent. We each come to the world with a gift, and society crushes people's possibilities to shine.
Her star is certainly shinning. The two milestones add to a string of achievement and recognition this year. She has three nominations, including Album Of The Year, for this year's Latin Grammys. And in early October, Shakira was appointed by President Obama to become a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
The 12th Annual Tribute Gala Will Be Held on Nov. 9 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas as Part of This Year's Latin GRAMMY Week Celebration and will be broadcast live on the Univision Network on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central.
CHECK OUT OTHER LATINOS WHO HAVE A HOLLYWOOD STAR
Cuban born actor, Andy Garcia earned his star in The Hollywood Walk fo Fame in 1995. Garcia earned an Oscar nomination for his role in "The Godfather Part III" and a Grammy as producer of "Ahora Si" by Israel "Cachao" Lopez. More recently he played the role of Terry Benedict, the casino mogul, in "Ocean's Eleven" and it's following sequels. Garcia will appear in the movie "Hemingway and Fuentes", which will be released in 2012, in the role of Gregorio Fuentes.
Aguilera, who's father is originally from Ecuador, was awarded a star in The Hollywood Walk fo Fame in 2010. In 1999 she had three number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100--"Genie in a Bottle", "What a Girl Wants", and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)."
The Mexican-American rock star was immortalized in 1998. Santana is known for his guitar-playing skills and he became famous in the late 60 with his band "Santana". He was a pioneer in mixing Latin rhythms, jazz and rock. In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine named Santana number 15 in their list of 100 greatest artists of all times.
George Lopez, of Mexican descent, was awarded a place in The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. He is known for starring in his popular ABC sitcom "George Lopez". He is also known for his stand-up comedy which examines race and ethnic relations, focusing in Mexican American culture.
The Estefans share one more thing other than their Cuban descent and their undeniable musical talent. They both have star in The Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Gloria got hers in 1993 and Emilio got his in 2005. The power-couple has been married since 1976 and have been producing great music ever since.
The Mexican singer, known as "El Rey De Rancher" ("King Of Ranchera Music") was awarded a star in 1998. Fernandez, who started singing at local restaurants and events, is now not only a famous singer, but a cultural icon. In 2002 Fernandez was recognized by the Latin Recording Academy as Person of the Year.
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