Latin crossover's top female artist
Buoyed by her hit “Hips Don’t Lie,” Shakira has conquered the Latin music crossover universe. A domain once owned by the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin, the 28-year-old Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll — or Shaki to her pals — has quickly risen to superstar status since picking up three Latin Grammy Awards during the inaugural ceremony in 2000. Her “Oral Fixation Vol. 2” album, released at the end of 2005, has topped 5 million units in the U.S., and by doing so adds to her 29 million units sales tally worldwide. With “Hips,” the bouncy track featuring Wyclef Jean, the diminutive trilingual diva (English, Spanish, Portuguese) also owned the radio industry’s most-played song and the most-downloaded track in history. Her world tour moved Stateside in August after filling international arenas and stadiums.
P.O.V.: “I sing everything I say, and say everything I think.”