Shakira up for top charity award

Updated: Mar 05, 2012, 12:26 PM IST

London: Colombian superstar Shakira has been nominated for a prestigious award in Spain in recognition of her charity work.

The 35-year-old `Hips Don`t Lie` hitmaker, a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, is shortlisted for the Prince of Asturias Concord honour, reported Contactmusic.

The award celebrates individuals "whose work has significantly contributed to fostering peace, the defence of human rights, freedom, solidarity, the safeguarding of heritage, or, in general, the progress of humanity".

The singer established her educational organisation, the Barefoot Foundation, when she was 18 and last year used funds raised through the charity to build schools in her native Colombia and Haiti.

Previous recipients of the Concord accolade include world renowned scientist Stephen Hawking and Harry Potter author JK Rowling.