Photo: Shakira is the Latin Recording Academy's 'Person of the Year.'
The Latin Recording Academy® announced that three-time current Latin GRAMMY nominee, seven-time Latin GRAMMY winner, two-time GRAMMY winner, and international superstar and philanthropist Shakira will be the 2011 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year.
The Colombian star, who is currently nominated for three Latin GRAMMY Awards, including Album Of The Year, will be honored for her artistic and philanthropic contributions at a tribute dinner and star-studded concert on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, where Shakira’s songs will be performed by celebrities and friends of the singer.
Shakira will become the youngest artist to receive the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year award. Other honorees include Plácido Domingo, Carlos Santana Gloria Estefan, Gilberto Gil, Julio Iglesias, and Ricky Martin, among others.
“It is truly an honor to be in the company of some of the greatest artists and legends of Latin Music,” said Shakira about this one-of-a-kind distinction.
A major portion of the net proceeds from the gala will benefit Shakira’s Pies Descalzos Foundation as well as The Latin Recording Academy’s Latin GRAMMY in the Schools educational efforts.