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Shakira Is Billboard’s 2023 Latin Woman Of The Year

On May 7, during their first ever Latin Women in Music event, Billboard will present Shakira with the Woman of the Year award.

In a statement about the forthcoming ceremony, Leila Cobo, Billboard’s chief content officer for Latin/Español, said “Shakira is the ultimate Woman In Music. Thanks to her, Latin women all over the world were empowered to write and perform deeply personal music,” “She created a movement all on her own, and continues to be more relevant than ever today, with grace, a deep tradition of giving back, and enormous talent. She is the definition of a Woman In Music.” 

Ronald Day, President of Entertainment and Content Strategy for Telemundo, added: “Shakira has been pivotal in shaping the vibrant and diverse landscape of Latin music and music in general throughout her career. Her passion, talent and creativity have broken barriers and empowered generations to embrace our identity through music, and we are incredibly proud to recognize her as Women of the Year in the industry.” 

Born ?, earlier this year the iconic Colombian artist’s  “BZRP Music Sessions Vol. 53” broke the record for the fastest Latin track to reach 100 million views on YouTube and the song helped the singer break the record of Most Top 10 hits by a female artist on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs and Latin Airplay charts. The ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer’s other milestones include the most Billboard charts topped by a Spanish-language song by a female artist and most #1 hits on the Latin Airplay, Latin Pop Airplay, and Latin Digital Song Sales charts.

With Ivy Queen and Jacqueline Bracamontes as hosts, the two-hour inaugural Billboard Latin Women in Music special will stream on Telemundo and Peacock and will also honor Ana Gabriel with the Living Legend Award, Emilia with the Rising Star Award, Evaluna with the Tradition and Future Award, Goyo with the Agent of Change Award, and Thalía with the Global Powerhouse Award. 

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Author: Saul Goode

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