– Shakira is often referred to as the queen of Latin music and is credited with extending the global reach of Latin music singers
– Since her breakup with ex Gerald Piqué, Shakira has become an ever-stronger artist, releasing several hits and being nominated for several Latin Grammy Awards
– Her early chapters in her career showcased her immense talent and the impact she continues to have on the Latine community
Shakira is a Colombian singer often referred to as the queen of Latin music, pioneering the global reach of Latin music singers. Following her breakup with ex Gerald Piqué in June 2022, she has released several hits in 2023, including “Monotonía” and her history-making diss track “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53.” She is also nominated for several Latin Grammy Awards this year, solidifying her as an ever-stronger artist.
Shakira’s rise to global stardom in the ever-evolving landscape of Latin music is legendary. Her first two studio albums, “Magia” and “Peligro,” were commercial failures, but her pivotal moment came in 1995 with her groundbreaking third album “Pies Descalzos,” which showcased her immense talent and laid the foundation for her future success.
Her unique sound on “Pies Descalzos” combines rock influences with captivating melodies and a Middle Eastern flair, resonating with a vast audience worldwide. The album became a commercial success and reached platinum status in the US, featuring chart-topping songs like “Estoy Aquí” and “¿Dónde Estás Corazón?”
Shakira’s 1998 album, “¿Dónde Están los Ladrones?,” marked another turning point in her career as she fused rock, pop, and folk elements and showcased her songwriting abilities. The single “Ciega, Sordomuda” peaked at No. 1 on several Billboard charts, propelling her to stardom even before she transitioned to English and mainstream markets.
Shakira’s ability to embrace her cultural roots while experimenting with a variety of sounds and influences enriched her music and opened the door to global appreciation, a testament to her versatility in becoming one of the most recognizable artists in the world. Her journey from “Pies Descalzos” to “¿Dónde Están los Ladrones?” proved to be a formative period that established her as the most successful woman Latin singer of all-time.