Singer Shakira Family and Personal Life Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira is a hugely popular Colombian pop singer who is known for the hits “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie.”Born in Colombia on February 2, 1977, hugely successfully Colombian pop singer and dancer Shakira has won two Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards and 12 Billboard Latin Music Awards, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Known for hits like “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie,” Shakira is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer after Gloria Estefan. By 2012, her U.S. album sales had reached nearly 10 million.