Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram has answered back to all those who opposed her being honored at the eleventh round of the Cairo International Song Festival, claiming that she is too young and unqualified for such an honor.
During the event, which took place at the Cairo Opera House, Nancy stated, “I believe that I have presented a number of very successful works, and this award does not measure age, but rather the success a person has achieved.”
According to the Saudi daily, Al Watan, Nancy also denied that she was honored only as a ploy to have her sing at the event for free, stressing that even if she was not honored she had intended on performing. It is an honor alone to sing at the Opera House, she added.
Before the festival, Egyptian journalists and artists launched a fierce attack against the committee of the festival at a press conference for attempting to honor Nancy. They claimed it was inappropriate to for Nancy, whose music history is so short, to be matched with other prominent artists that have been in the music industry for decades.
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.