Shakira Honored with Harvard University's "2011 Artist of The Year" Award

Shakira has been recognized by the Harvard Foundation as the "2011 Artist of the Year," according to the university's campus newspaper.

The Colombian singer and philanthropist is scheduled to receive the award, the most esteemed given by the university, on Feb. 26, the paper reported.

The award, a medal with Harvard president Drew Faust’s signature encrypted on it, will be presented at the Annual Cultural Rhythms ceremony.

“The students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation are honored to present multi- platinum artist Shakira with the 2011 Artist of the Year award,” S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation, told the Harvard Gazette.

“Her contributions to music and distinguished history of creativity have been applauded by people throughout the world, and she is greatly admired worldwide for her humanitarian efforts through her Barefoot Foundation,” he added.

Known for recognizing the most prestigious leaders, scientists and artists each year, the Harvard Foundation is part of the University’s center for intercultural arts and sciences.

Shakira will now join the list of other Latino celebrities who have received the award, like actors Andy García and Salma Hayek.

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