Lebanese singer Milhim Barakat has joined the campaign against the manner in which Lebanese singer Alissa received the 2005 Music Award in Hollywood.
Milhim made a public statement that he could be granted a number of similar awards to that of Alissa, if he paid enough money.
Alissa adamantly denies that she bought the Music Award, explaining that jealously by those in the entertainment world has given rise to doubts and wrongful allegations against her and the manner in which she was granted the award.
The singer stressed that the award is given for the highest record sales, which her latest album achieved, and has nothing to do with the singer’s personality or appearance.
Alissa surprised her fans when she appeared at the 2005 World Music Awards in Hollywood. She was the first Arab artist to receive the prestigious Music Award for the Middle East and North African region.
American singer Paula Abdoul presented Alissa the award for having the highest record sales for her album “Ahla Dunia” (The Perfect World).
A 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.
Alissa stated that her participation in the event was a major milestone in her career and her ticket to international stardom.