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11/09/2011 by OnTheRedCarpet.com Staff

Grammy-winning singer Shakira received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, November 8. The singer's star is the 2,454 to be dedicated and is located star in front of the W Hollywood Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.

"This is incredible," said the Colombian-born singer and activist. "I would like to thank all of you all for this honor and I would like to share it with all of you in the United States who have listened and understood my music for the past years."

Shakira said she came to the Walk of Fame when she was 7-years-old as a tourist and her mother who told her, "Shaki, one day you'll have your own star here."

"If someone had heard that conversation, they would have thought she was insane," said Shakira. Her parents attended the ceremony as well.

The honor comes on the eve of her Las Vegas honor as the Latin Grammy person of the year.

Shakira, 34, was born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll in Barranquilla, Colombia, and was just 14 when she released her first album, "Magia."

Her popularity rose in Latin America and Spain with the 1995 release of "Pies Descalzos" and the 1998 release of her album "Donde Estan los Ladrones?" In 2001, she sold more than 13 million copies worldwide of her first English language album "Laundry Service," which contained the hit single "Whenever, Whereever."

Shakira has also raised millions of dollars to fight poverty and provide education for the poor through her Pies Descalzos Foundation.

In October, Shakira was chosen by President Barack Obama to be a member of his Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

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