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Shakira takes home five Latin Grammy Awards

Written by Ozzie Gonzalez, Hispanicsurf.com

November 3, 2006 -- Colombian pop singer, Shakira had her hands full by the end of the night when she took home five Latin Grammy Awards last night at a star-studded event which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The hip-shaking beauty picked up "Record Of The Year" and "Song Of The Year" for the single, La Tortura - which she performed with Spanish heart-throb Alejandro Sanz, "Album Of The Year" and "Best Female Pop Vocal Album" for Fijacion Oral Vol. 1, and a behind the scenes acknowledgement in "Best Engineered Album" also for Fijacion Oral Vol. 1. (click here for a complete and accurate list of the awards Shakira won).

Shakira dedicated one of her awards to hard-working Latin immigrants in search of a dream, and another to the city where she grew up, Barranquilla, Colombia.

"Everything I learned, I learned in my pueblo, so this goes to my gente, to my town Barranquilla in Colombia," she said.

Shakira performed twice toward the first half of the show. She sang a sultry ballad called “La Pared” in a long, black dress, alone with a pianist, then returned with her famous bare hips and pulsing chest moves to perform “La Tortura.”

"I love you all. You have made me very happy tonight," she said after picking up her fourth award.

It was the first time a female artist had won in any of the top three Latin Grammy categories.

Other Winners:
Reggaeton group Calle 13 took home three awards - Best New Artist, Best Urban Music Album and Best Short Music Video for Atrevete Te, Te. Argentine rock star Gustavo Cerati triumphed in two categories, Best Rock Song for Crimen and Best Rock Vocal Album for Ahi Vamos, while Brazilian music legend Sergio Mendes was named Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album for Timeless.

 


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