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OTRC: Shakira receives French knighthood

Shakira had a big weekend in France. She received a French knighthood and accepted the top prize at the NRJ Music Awards all in one day in Cannes.

The Colombian singer received her Chevalier in the Order Arts and Letters medal from French Minister of Culture and Communication Frederic Mitterrand on Saturday.

Later that day, she accepted the NRJ Award of Honor.

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."

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