Lebanese singer Alissa surprised her fans when she appeared at the 2005 World Music Awards in Hollywood. Alissa is the first Arab artist to receive the prestigious Music Award for the Middle East and North African region.
According to the London based Elaph, the singer was presented the award for having the highest record sales for her album “Ahla Dunia” (The Perfect World). American singer Paula Abdoul presented Alissa her award.
A large number of prominent international singers like Beyonce, Maria Carey, John Bon Jovi, and others were present at the event that took place at the Kodak Plus Hall on August 31. Alissa stated that she was overjoyed and honored to receive such an award. She considers the award an achievement for her and all Arab singers, proving they have what it takes to compete with the West.
Upon her return from America the singer’s production company ‘Rotana’ held a special ceremony to celebrate her achievement and success of the album, which marked their first cooperation.
At a press conference Lebanese journalist Jumana Abu Obeid congratulated the singer for winning the award and thanked her for the speech she gave upon receiving it. Alissa had dedicated her award to her country Lebanon, her fans, and Rotana.
Alissa stressed that her participation in the event is a major milestone in her career, and her ticket to international stardom.
Alissa is one of the most controversial pop stars, and despite the continual rumors and attacks against her published by tabloid newspapers, Alissa is one of the singers least likely to publicly defend herself.
Alissa’s stardom has flourished do to her determination and hard work, and her passion for building her signing career.