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He arranged for Sony Colombia executives to arrive at the audition, with the idea of surprising them with Shakira's performance.
She performed three songs for the executives and impressed them enough for her to be signed to record three albums.
However, the director was not overly excited and thought Shakira was something of "a lost cause".
Vargas, not daunted, was still convinced that Shakira had talent, and set up an audition in Bogotá.
Four years later, in the same year Shakira released two album projects called Fijación Oral Vol. She has won two Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, and has been Golden Globe-nominated.
She is also the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, having sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, according to BMI.
The festival gave aspiring Latin American singers a chance to perform their songs, and the winner was then chosen by a panel of judges. Highly acclaimed by American critics, it is rated as one of her best-ever live performances.Shakira is noted for her keen intellect and is reported to have an IQ of 140.Shakira wrote her first poem, entitled "La Rosa De Cristal" ("The Crystal Rose") when she was only four years old.Shakira was born on February 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia.She is the only child of Nidya del Carmen Ripoll Torrado, a Colombian of Italian and Spanish ancestry, and William Mebarak Chadid who is of Lebanese descent. Her second name, Isabel, is also that of her paternal grandmother, meaning "my God is my oath", "my God's house" or "my God is abundance", and her name is even and simply a Spanish given name for Elizabeth. She spent much of her youth in Barranquilla, a city located in northern Colombia.