Shakira Facts



Published: 17 May 2023

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Shakira is a sensational Colombian singer, songwriter, and dancer. It goes without saying that she has captivated audiences worldwide with her unique blend of talent, charisma, and irresistible hip-shaking moves. From her iconic voice to her magnetic stage presence, there’s no denying that Shakira is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. Let’s dive into 20 interesting facts about this incredible artist that will leave you in awe.

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Multilingual Songstress

Shakira is multilingual and performs in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, among other languages.

Record-Breaking Songs

With a catalog of 145 songs, Shakira has sold over 95 million records. Her 2001 album, “Laundry Service,” is one of the best-selling albums of the 21st century.

Shakira’s hit song “Whenever, Wherever” sold over 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Currently, Shakira is one of the most streamed artists on Spotify, with over 68 million monthly listeners.

World Cup Performances

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Shakira has performed at three FIFA World Cup ceremonies. The first was in 2006 when she closed the ceremony with “Hips Don’t Lie”, “Waka Waka” in 2010 and, in 2014 with “La La La” featuring Carlinhos Brown.

Grammy Awards

Shakira has won several Grammy Awards, including Best Latin Pop Album.

Youngest of Eight

Shakira is the youngest of eight siblings, though they were originally nine. At the age of two, Shakira lost an older half-brother to a motorcycle accident. 

Wrote First Song at Age 8

Shakira’s talent didn’t emerge overnight. She wrote her first song at the age of eight, a song inspired by her father. At age 13, she released her first album. She was destined for greatness from a young age.


UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Shakira’s philanthropic efforts led her to become a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2003. She uses her platform to raise awareness and support vulnerable children around the world

Philanthropic Efforts

Beyond her musical prowess, Shakira is a passionate advocate for education and child welfare. She founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation, a charity dedicated to providing quality education to underprivileged children in Colombia.

An Animal Lover

Shakira has a soft spot for animals, and her philanthropic work extends to wildlife conservation.

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

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In 2011, Shakira received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Voice Acting

She voiced the character Gazelle in the animated film “Zootopia.”

High IQ

In addition to her artistic talents, Shakira boasts an impressive IQ of 140. She proves that brains and beauty can go hand in hand.

“Hips Don’t Lie”

We all know Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie is one of the best-selling singles of the 21st century. But did you know she has a unique ability to isolate and move her hips in ways that seem almost superhuman? It’s no wonder she’s a global symbol of mesmerizing dance. 

Lebanese Heritage

Shakira has Lebanese roots on her father’s side and often incorporates Arabic musical elements in her work.

Honorary Doctorate

In 2011, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania for her contribution to music and commitment to education.

Personal Life

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She has been in a relationship with Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué since 2011, and they have two sons together. However, as of 2022, it is reported that the couple have separated. 

The Voice

Shakira was a coach on the fourth and sixth seasons of “The Voice” in the United States.

Music Videos

Her music video for “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” is one of the most-viewed videos on YouTube.

Dancing Queen

Shakira is not just known for her hip-shaking moves. She is a trained belly dancer, and tango dancer, and even learned Indian classical dance for her music video “Hips Don’t Lie”.

Fragrance Line

As if her artistic talent knows no bounds, Shakira has also ventured into fashion. Currently, she has a successful fragrance line, “S by Shakira”, with numerous best-selling perfumes.

There you have it—20 fascinating facts about the extraordinary Shakira. Her talent, philanthropy, and infectious energy have made her a beloved global icon. So next time you find yourself caught in the rhythm of one of her songs, remember the remarkable woman behind the music.