Shakira has sold more records than any other Colombian artist. She's the first from her country to be honored on the Walk of Fame.
The singer unveiled her sidewalk star in front of the W Hollywood Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. It's the 2,454th star dedicated along Hollywood's avenue of dreams.
When the ceremony was over, Shakira exchanged handshakes and hugs with her fans.
The 34-year-old singer dedicated her star to the Hispanic community in the U.S. and urged young people never to abandon their dreams.
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."
She'll be honored Wednesday as Latin Grammy person of the year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.