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Shakira Nominated For Prince Of Asturias Concord Award

Shakira Nominated Prince Of Asturias Award

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 03/ 2/2012 10:45 am Updated: 03/ 2/2012 11:42 am

Shakira has received a nomination for this year's Prince of Asturias Concord award for her humanitarian work.

The Colombia singer and UNICEF goodwill ambassador founded the Barefoot Foundation, a non-profit devoted to making education universally available, when she was 18 and also helped launch Latin America in Solidarity Action.

The Prince of Asturias Foundation, in Spain, gives out the awards annually to individuals, groups or institutions that make significant achievements in several categories including arts, international cooperation and social sciences.

The Concord honor, which has been given out since 1986, is awarded to those "whose work has significantly contributed to fostering peace, the defense of human rights, freedom, solidarity, the safeguarding of heritage, or, in general, the progress of humanity."

Shakira has received awards for her humanitarian work in the past, including a United Nations medal for her significant achievements as a goodwill ambassadorship for UNICEF.

If awarded, Shakira will be the first person in the entertainment industry to receive the Concord honor.

Past recipients of the Concord award include Stephen Hawking (1989), J.K. Rowling (2003), and most recently, the Fukushima 50, the employees of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant who remained on-site after all other workers were evacuated.

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  • At The Summit Of The Americas 2012

    Colombian singer Shakira performs the Colombian National Anthem during the opening remarks of the Summit of the Americas at the Julio Cesar Turbay Ayala Convention Center in Cartagena, Colombia, April 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Shakira at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes

  • Supporting Hand Over Of Land Titles To Marginalized Communities

    Colombian singer Shakira holds a child during an event to hand over land titles to representatives of the Afro-Colombian community at the Plaza de San Pedro in Cartagena, Colombia on April 15, 2012. The land restititution is an attempt by Colombia to recognized marginalized communities who were forced from their land by armed groups. US President Barack Obama attended the event. AFP PHOTO/Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Receiving Her Medal

    Colombian singer Shakira poses with France's minister for Culture and Communication Frederic Mitterrand after being awarded with the medal of knight of the Order of Arts and Letters on January 28, 2012 in the French southern city of Cannes.

  • Shakira and Piqué

    Shakira arrives with Pique to the FIFA Ballon d'Or award at the Kongresshaus in Zurich.

  • At the 2011 Grammy Awards

    Colombian musician Shakira claims her award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album during the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada in November 2011.

  • Shakira and Sofia

    Colombian actress Sofia Vergara presents Colombian singer Shakira with the Person of the Year Award onstage during the 12th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.

  • 2011 Person Of The Year Award

    Honoree Shakira performs during at the 2011 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year award ceremony.

  • Shakira Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

    Shakira is honored on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame in November 2011 in Hollywood, California.

  • Shakira at White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

    Shakira took part in the President's Advisory Commission of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in Washington in October 2011.