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Grammy Museum honors Shakira

Exhibit features Latin superstar’s songs, outfits, more

By Richard Guzman, The Orange County Register
Published: March 16, 2023, 6:02am

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shakira has both set and shattered numerous music chart and world records.

She’s won three Grammy Awards, 12 Latin Grammys, was named the top-selling female Latin artist of all time in 2018, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and perhaps her most famous hit, “Hips Don’t Lie,” has amassed more than 1 billion streams on Spotify.

Now, the Colombian-born global superstar can add another honor to her decadeslong career as she’s the subject of a new exhibition inside the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles.

“This exhibit offers a nuanced look at why Shakira is so important. It looks at her multifaceted career as a singer, a songwriter, a performer and dancer,” said Jasen Emmons, chief curator for the museum, as he stood in the exhibition, which runs through February 2024.

“You will enter sort of what we like to think of as Shakira’s world,” he added.

Dubbed “Shakira, Shakira: The Grammy Museum Experience,” the exhibition is housed in the museum’s third floor Latin Music Gallery and includes more than 50 pieces from her personal collection and other items that span her nearly 30-year career like lyric sheets, photographs, outfits, videos and some seriously shiny guitars.

“She’s been a real pathfinder and groundbreaker in terms of showing how important Latin music is and having crossover success. I think she’s paved the way for a lot of artists,” Emmons said.

Her career started with a more Latin rock-oriented focus, but evolved into multiple genres, from bachata and reggaeton to pop.

But it may be her various glamorous, stylish and daring outfits that draw the most attention.

On display is a gold outfit and customized Adidas shoes she wore during the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show when she performed her song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” with Jennifer Lopez.

People will also get a close-up view of the other outfit she wore during the Super Bowl, a red sparkly dress and boots, as well as a gold belly dancing outfit she wore on tour and the leafy bikini she sported on the cover of her 2005 album “Oral Fixation.”

“I hope people come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for Shakira. She’s had an incredible career,” Emmons said.