International singer Shakira will be recognized as Billboard’s Woman of the Year at the inaugural Mujeres Latinas en la Msica, or Latin Women in Music, event.
The two-hour music spectacular honoring Latin women in music will be taped at the Watsco Center in Miami on May 6 and will appear exclusively on Telemundo on May 7 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Ivy Queen and Jacqueline Bracamontes will host it.
Mujeres Latinas en la Msica, a first of its kind for Latin music, honors Latin female musicians, executives, and creators who are actively promoting positive change, inclusion, and gender equity in the music business.
The inaugural event hosted by Billboard in partnership with Telemundo will also feature special honors for superstars Ana Gabriel, Emilia, Evaluna, Goyo, and Thalia.
The recognition for Shakira follows a remarkable year in which the singer broke all previous records with the biggest Spanish-language launch of 2022 (“Monotona” with Ozuna).
Then, in January 2023, her “Shakira: BZRP Music Sessions #53” debuted its Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 9, making her the first woman to do so with a Spanish-language song.
In addition, “Sessions” broke 14 Guinness World Records and became the most-streamed Latin song in Spotify history as well as the most-watched Latin song on YouTube in 24 hours with over 63 million views.
“Shakira is the ideal musician woman. She gave Latinas all over the world the confidence to create and perform very intimate songs. With grace, a long history of giving back, and immense talent, she alone started a movement that is still going strong today.
According to Leila Cobo, chief content officer for Latin/Espaol at Billboard, she embodies what a woman in music should be.
“Shakira has been pivotal in shaping the vibrant and diverse landscape of Latin music and music in general throughout her career.
Her passion, talent and creativity have broken barriers and empowered generations to embrace our identity through music, and we are incredibly proud to recognize her as Woman of the Year in the industry,” said Ronald Day, president of entertainment and content strategy for Telemundo.
One of the most successful musicians of all time and the best-selling female Latin singer of all time, Shakira has sold more than 95 million records worldwide. Her popularity as a crossover artist on a worldwide scale made it possible for other Latin artists to break into foreign markets.
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With over 20 billion cumulative views, she is the most-watched Latina artist of all time on YouTube, in the top 10 artists of all time, and the most-streamed Latina musician ever on Spotify.
In addition to her many achievements in the music industry, Shakira founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation at the age of 18 it has since built and renovated nine public schools in Cartagena, Barranquilla, Guajira, and Quibdó, with a further six still under construction.
Since its founding, the organization has raised over $40 million and helped more than 150,000 children and almost 900,000 families.
As part of Billboard’s Women in Music franchise, the first Latin Women in Music event was introduced earlier this year.
To further promote Latin music worldwide, Billboard and Telemundo want to recognize the women who have contributed significantly to the genre through their artistic accomplishments or other notable, notable deeds that have given women measurable opportunity and recognition while also positively impacting the industry as a whole.
Shakira will join the list of influential women who are reshaping the music business that was previously revealed.
The Living Legend Award will be given to Ana Gabriel. At the same time, the Rising Star Award will go to Emilia, the Tradition and Future Award will go to Evaluna,
the Agent of Change Award will go to Goyo, and the Global Powerhouse Award will go to Thalia. In the upcoming weeks, more details about Billboard Mujeres Latinas en la Msica, including artists and presenters, will be released.
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