Harvard Names Shakira Artist of the Year

Singer, songwriter and philanthropist, Shakira has been named the 2011 Artist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation, which honors the world’s most acclaimed artists, scientists, and leaders each year. 

S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation, said students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation are honored to present the multiplatinum artist with the award. “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.”

Shakira's Barefoot Foundation aims to promote a better quality of life for children in impoverished areas by providing them with education and nutrition. The Colombian superstar, 34, will receive the medal at the annual Cultural Rhythms award ceremony on February 26.

Shaki won't be the first Latina to be awarded the medal. Previous Harvard Foundation honorees include Andy Garcia and Salma Hayek.