My unashamed admiration and respect for Shakira was further solidified last night while atending the "secret show" taping of her performance for an upcoming feature on the iheartradio web site and mobile application.

Playing to an intimately rabid fan base of 250 contest winners and special guests, the Columbian superstar was in town to perform a handful of hits, old and new, to be included on the Clear Channel owned and operated site. iheartradio has been making this exclusive content available through the online and mobile outlets, recently nabbing artists like Green Day, Jonas Brothers and Weezer.

But this night was all about Shakira. Opening on a set befitting of a middle eastern hookah harem, complete with embroidered pillows and mood lighting, she began the set, seated, with Gypsy, from new album, She Wolf. After that, it was all about the hips and dips and taking advantage of every inch of the stage.

Ever the consumate professional, Shakira played it up for her fans with a smile on her face the entire time. This is one artist/show I never would have imagined myself at, but after attending, it's one I was glad I was able to witness. Viva Shakira!

Songs performed: Gypsy, Give it Up to Me, She Wolf (english), Hips Don't Lie, Loca (spanish).

mp3: Shakira (featuring Kid Cudi) - Did It Again (Benny Benassi Remix)