Some 1,200 people jammed into Sanders Theatre to cheer renowned Colombian-born singer, songwriter, and philanthropist Shakira, who received the Harvard Foundation’s 2011 Artist of the Year award on Feb. 26. “Shakira’s contributions to music and distinguished history of creativity have been applauded by people throughout the world, and she is greatly admired worldwide for her humanitarian efforts through her Barefoot Foundation, which aims to promote a better quality of life for children in impoverished areas, providing them with education and nutrition,” said S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation.