Shakira Dedicates MTV Awards Nominations to Latinos in United States

Shakira dedicated her seven MTV Video Music Awards nominations to the Latino community in the United States.

"I too am one of them," the 29-year-old singer said Thursday as part of her "Oral Fixation" world tour.

Shakira is up for seven awards for the video of her smash single "Hips Don't Lie," tying the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the most nominations. She is the first Latina to be nominated for seven awards.

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The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, scheduled to air live on MTV (8 p.m. EDT), will take place Aug. 31 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Shakira has been singing mostly in Spanish while touring Latin America but will switch largely to English when the U.S. leg of the tour opens Aug. 9 in El Paso, Texas. She also plans performances in New York, Miami and Los Angeles.

The Colombian singer won six Billboard Latin Music Awards this year.