Has Shakira Won Any Grammy Awards?
Colombian singer Shakira has been in the music industry now for almost 30 years and knows what it takes to make good music that speaks to people. With eighteen albums under her belt, the Hips Don’t Lie singer is indisputably an international success.
Here’s what we know about the 42-year-old’s Grammy award track record.
The Super Bowl is Shakira’s super birthday weekend
The Colombian performer will be co-headlining the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show this weekend alongside Jennifer Lopez. The best part for Shakira? The Super Bowl this year falls on the same day as the singer’s birthday on Feb. 2, and she is thrilled to be celebrating with such a large group of people.
“It’s gonna be on my birthday!” she told Zane Lowe on his Apple Music radio show. “I’ve always wanted to perform at the Super Bowl. I think it’s the holy grail of the entertainment industry.”
“It’s a sports event but it has a huge relevance for us artists and I think it’s gonna be fantastic and I’m gonna be celebrating my birthday with 100 million people,” said the singer who will be turning 43. “Just a small party, it’s surreal, actually.”
Shakira’s start in music
The Whenever, Wherever singer knew from a young age that performing, for her, was something of a calling. She didn’t go to it. It came to her.
As a little girl, her father often took the family to a restaurant where the doumbek, a drum used in belly dancing, was used in live music there. The half-Lebanese artist remembers feeling a drive to stand on the table and dance to the beat. Hearing the applause and incredulity of those around her as a child planted the seed in her for entertaining others.
“I fell in love with the sensation of being on stage,’ the singer recalled. “Right there, right then. It was all I could dream of.”
She told NPR in 2007, “I was never able to join my school choir, because there was this music teacher who thought my voice was too strong and too powerful, and it wouldn’t fit right in the rest of the choir. . . My voice was strong, and I wanted to sing out loud, and he didn’t think that I was the right choice.
Good thing the mother of two didn’t allow that moment to discourage or define her.
Shakira has won this many Grammys
Shakira has won three Grammy awards and thirteen Latin Grammy Awards.
Her three Grammy wins were for Best Latin Pop Album in 2000 for her MTV Unplugged album; Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album in 2005 for Fijación Oral Vol. 1; and finally, in 2017, she won again in the Best Latin Pop Album category for El Dorado.
Before the glory, for the singer it was a time of pain. She told YouTube Presents in 2010 that the most difficult time in her career was the beginning. “[It was] when I was 13, in Colombia, which back then didn’t have a pop music scene. Most of the music playing on the radio, music generated by local artists, was folkloric music, tropical music.”
“But I wanted to do rock, I wanted to do pop songs and that didn’t have an outlet at that time. So it was very difficult, I was very young, and being a woman, also, in this business is not easy. . . It wasn’t easy to be respected, to earn that respect. And as soon as I got that, I felt I was over the fence.”
Shakira’s Grammy wins, her enormously popular music and concerts, have blessed Shakira with a meteoric career. Her name in Arabic means ‘grateful’ and that’s something, on her birthday today, that the superstar certainly must be.