Shakira Honored in France With French Culture Medal

Entertainment Jan. 31, 2012 AT 11:26AM
Shakira Honored in France With French Culture Medal Credit: Frederic Nebinger/WireImage.com

Shakira is on top of the world!

Before hitting the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France on Saturday, Shakira was presented with the French culture medal by the country's minister of culture, Frederic Mitterand in a formal ceremony.

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"I am so humbled to receive this honor in a country like France that has shared an important cultural legacy with the rest of the world," the 34-year-old singer said of the honor that recognizes a solid and notable contribution to the world of fine arts.

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The singer is the first Colombian star to receive the award.

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The weekend proved to be a huge win for the star, who nabbed the NRJ Female Award of Honor at the evening's awards show. (Justin Bieber took home the male version of the award.)

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