Colombian singer Shakira will be honored by bill board as “woman of the year” during the celebration of the first “Latin Women in Music” event, which will be held on May 6 at the Watsco Auditorium in Miami.
Likewise, other Latino superstars like Ana Gabriel, Emilia, Evaluna, Goyo and Thalia will receive special prizes at the Billboard and Telemundo event, which will air exclusively the next dayMay 7th.
The event will consist of a two hour music programpresented by Ivy Queen and Jacqueline falchion that aims to celebrate Latina artists, executives and creatives who are proactively working for positive change that brings inclusion and gender parity in the music industry.
The honorees include the Mexican Ana Gabrielwho will receive the Living Legend Award; Argentina Emily merneswho will receive the Rising Sta Awardr; the venezuelan Eva Lunawhich will receive the Tradition and Future Award; the Colombian women goyowhich will receive the Agent of Change Awardand the Mexican Thaliawhich will receive the Global Powerhouse Award.
Why Shakira was named “Woman of the Year”
“Shakira is the definitive woman in music. Thanks to her, Latina women around the world have been empowered to write and perform deeply personal music“said Leila Cobo, director of content for Billboard for Latin/Spanish and also of Colombian origin.
“Created a movement of his own and he remains more relevant than ever today, with grace, a deep tradition of giving back, and enormous talent. She is the definition of a woman in music“Cobo added in a Billboard statement.
Shakira will be honored for her “extraordinary” achievements in music, such as becoming a the first woman to reach the Top 10 on the Billboard chart with “Shakira: BZRP Music Sessions #53”.
The song produced by the Argentine producer bizarre also made history as Most Streamed Latin Song in 24 Hours in Spotify History and most watched latin track on youtube in 24 hourswith more than 63 million visits, and broke 14 Guinness Records.
The phenomenon Shakira
The Colombian, who personally is going through a turbulent period after her separation from the former soccer player Gerard Piquéwhich led her to leave Barcelona and return to Miami with her two children Sasha and Milan, has sold more than 95 million records worldwidewhich makes it the best-selling female Latin artist of all time.
His worldwide success as a “crossover” artist -also entering the English market-, opened the doors for other Latino artists to enter international markets.
currently is Most Viewed Female Latina Artist and Top 10 Overall Artist of All Time on YouTube with over 20 billion cumulative views, and the most streamed female Latina artist of all time on Spotify.
In addition to his success and musical gift, at the age of 18, Shakira created the Pies Descalzos Foundationwhich has built and adapted nine public schools in Cartagena, Barranquilla, Guajira and Quibdó, with six under construction.
The foundation it has raised more than $40 million since its inception and has impacted more than 150,000 children and nearly 900,000 families. Leaving the name and the humanitarian facet of the Colombian woman high.
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