Star #2,454 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame went to Colombian superstar and Grammy / Latin Grammy Award-winner Shakira earlier today. Of the event she exclaimed, “This is incredible … I would like to thank all of you.” Her dedication went further, dedicating the star to her fans and to Hispanic Americans. Shakira has been a household name since her first English language album, Dirty Laundry, with the single Wherever, Whenever skyrocketing her to stardom, though she’s been active in music since the age of just fourteen. The star ceremony comes just days after Shakira was honored with a Latin Recording Person of the Year award. Voting and deliberation by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce decides on candidates for stars, when asked, a celebrity (or a celebrity’s recording/film studio, maybe even a fan group) must be willing to pay a $30,000 “sponsorship fee” for the ceremony, a plaque, and maintenance for the life of the star. To be considered for a star one must be prominent within the entertainment industry for five years or more, notable professional achievements, and an agreement to attend the ceremony, all prerequisites that Shakira has down pat, and she happens to be the very first Colombian to receive the honor!
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