Colombian singer Shakira received the “Free your mind” award on November 7 from MTV for her social projects during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and for promoting education for children, LaPatilla.com reports.
“I would like to thank everyone who has joined me in the ‘Waka Waka’ song and danced for the same cause: the promotion of universal education for millions of children living in developing countries who may be given the opportunity to realize their dreams,” Shakira said in accepting the MTV award in Madrid, Spain.
The Colombian star, who has a foundation for children, adds that “this awards is an honor. I think music makes the sound of our lives. Music can make you dance, laugh and forget about your problems. It can also be an important means of drawing attention to relevant issues.”
The “Free your mind” award has previously been given to artists such as U2 frontman Bono and Irish artist Bob Geldorf. The awarded recognizes the merits of individuals or organizations for outstanding contributions in the fight against social injustice, intolerance and prejudices.