The proposal to honor Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram at the eleventh round of the Cairo International Song Festival has given rise to opposition amongst the entertainment community in Egypt.
Egyptian journalists and artists who attended the press conference held for the event launched a fierce attack against the committee of the festival for attempting to honor Nancy, whose music history is so short, and for matching her with other prominent artists to be honored that have been in the music industry for decades.
Many accused the committee of honoring Nancy as a ploy to have her perform free of charge.
The head of the festival justified his decision, stating that despite her short history, she was able to win over the love of people of all ages and the admiration of many prominent singers. Honoring Nancy is also a way to honor Lebanon, as was the case with Syrian singer Nour Imhana, he added.
Nancy announced that she will postpone her European tour due to her previous commitment to appear at the opening ceremony of the festival.
The festival is scheduled for the first week of September at the Cairo Opera House.