Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (2 February 1977) is a Colombian singer, songwriter, and dancer, born in Barranquilla, Colombia.
She rose to prominence in Latin America with her album Pies Descalzos in 1996. As per Billboard’s stats she has sold over 10 million albums in Latin America alone by 2001.
Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service in 2001. Its lead single, “Whenever, Wherever”, became one of the most successful singles of 2002. She has received numerous awards, including 3 Grammy Awards, 13 Latin Grammy Awards, 5 MTV Video Music Awards, 7 Billboard Music Awards, 39 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated.
Shakira is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.
Currently she is married to the defender for Barcelona FC Gerard Piqué.