In the presence of Mr. Salem Al Hindi, President of the music production company Rotana, and in the presence of the Lebanese media, Rotana organized a special honoring ceremony for Lebanese singer Elissa.
According to the Qatar based daily, Al Raya, the celebration was for the great achievement the singer achieved when she was presented with an award at the World Music Awards 2006 for being the number one Arab artist.
“Our message as artist is to sing beauty, freedom and love” these were the words that Elissa expressed her honor at winning an award for the second time at the World Music Awards 2006 as the Best Arab artist for her latest album “Bastanak” (I’m Waiting for You).
Elissa’s album received the highest sales throughout the Middle East and North Africa region, marking her second time, the first being last year with the album “Hubbak Waja” (Your Love is Painful).
With this victory, Elissa is considered to be the only Lebanese to win the award. The singer is portrayed as having reached international fame with her unique style that in no way resembles that of other singers.
Elissa said while giving her acceptance speech at the event in London that she is very happy and honored at receiving the prize for a second time in a two-year time and presented the award to her country Lebanon and its people, who has suffered so much in the recent months.
She also dedicated the award to her late father and family, in addition to HRH Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, owner of Rotana, and everyone who has backed her throughout her career.
Elissa’s album “Bastanak” sales reached as high as 350 thousand albums, indicating a decrease in the number of album sales for the singer compared to last year by 100 thousands.