Shakira named 'Woman of the Year' by Billboard magazine

The singer will be honored at a gala to be held in early May. Artists such as Ana Gabriel, Thalia and Evaluna were also recognized.

Shakira is Billboard's Woman of the Year. The music publication announced that it would give this award to the renowned singer at its gala event. Mujeres Latinas, an event that will also pay tribute to Hispanic artists such as Ana Gabriel, Emilia, Goyo, Thalia or Evaluna. Mujeres Latinas, Billboard explains, is an event that "celebrates Latina artists, executives and creatives who are proactively working for positive change, inclusion and gender parity in the music industry.

Qualities with which, according to the specialized publication, Shakira fulfills. The artist from Barranquilla continues to accumulate success after three decades in the music scene. Her latest track, Shakira: BZRP Music Sessions #53, made in collaboration with Bizarrap, debuted at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the most viewed Latin video on YouTube. most viewed Latin video on YouTube during its first 24 hours. At that time it accumulated more than 63 million views.

But her success comes from much earlier. She began her career in 1991 and since then, Shakira has become one of the most influential Hispanic artists in the world and has sold more than 95 million records worldwide. That's why Billboard decided to give the singer this award. This was stated by Leila Cobo, Billboard's content director for Latin/Spanish:

Shakira is the ultimate woman in music. Thanks to her, Latinas around the world continue to be inspired to write and perform deeply personal music. He created a movement entirely on his own and remains more relevant than ever today, with elegance, enormous talent, and a deep tradition of helping the community. She is the definition of a woman in music.

Shakira, third most popular artist in the world

Shakira's fame also makes her the third most popular artist on the planet. According to the Guinness World Records Guinness World Recordsthe singer from Barranquilla has a total of 81.6 million monthly listeners. Data that places it in the top 3 of the ranking. Only singer The Weeknd is ahead with 111.4 million listeners and artist Miley Cyrus, with a total of 82.4 million monthly listeners.

The ranking continues with Ariana Grande (80.6 million), Taylor Swift (80.2 million), Rihanna (78.5 million) and closes the list Ed Sheeran, who accumulates a total of 77.5 million monthly listeners.