Sunday, February 27, 2011

The singer Shakira topped by Harvard as an artist of the year

Colombian singer Shakira was crowned Artist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation, a center of the prestigious American university that awards annual philanthropic efforts of musicians, actors or writers. Shakira, Goodwill Ambassador deUNICEFy creator of the Fundación Pies Descalzos, which provides education and food to children in impoverished areas of Colombia, received the award at a cultural festival held at the college, according to the Boston Chronicle reported in its online edition.

After thanking the award, the singer urged Harvard students to use their own opportunities and take action to improve education conditions in underdeveloped countries. The Harvard Foundation's director, Allen Counter said in turn that the Colombian artist was chosen by students for the award for his "distinguished record of creative," and for his contributions to good causes.

The singer, who has sold nearly 50 million albums throughout his career, continues to promote his album bilingual Sale Sun / The Sun Comes Out, "which included the hit" Waka Waka "popularized in the World Cup South Africa. The award for "Artist of the Year" by the Harvard Foundation has gone to other years to actress Salma Hayek and Sharon Stone, actors Will Smith and Jackie Chan and jazz musician Herbie Hancock, among others.

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