As much as we Americans love us some Shakira, we know she’s an even bigger sensation overseas, so it’s no surprise to hear she was named International Female Artist Of The Year at the NRJ Music Awards (bestowed by French radio station NRJ). The oft-YouTubed beauty showed up to perform her bilingual hit “Loca” and World Cup anthem “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” — and of course, abundantly shake her always-truthful hips. Check it out.
Shakira, “Loca” —
Shakira, “Waka Waka” —
From the effervescent performances, we think some of our domestic divas could stand to learn a thing or two about showmanship from Colombian megastar. We especially love the big, exuberant “Waka Waka” number, which miraculously avoids being cheesy and is just a lot of fun instead.
We do not, however, think any of our homeland pop stars should find fashion inspiration in either of the outfits here. Of course, Shakira looks amazing, but bikini tops and skirts/pants with dangling tassels is the kind of thing you can only get away with if you’re smoking hot and South American.