Egyptian singer Amr Diab received the “World Music Awards” award for the Middle East and Africa, in a special ceremony hosted by the Principality of Monaco last Sunday, according to the Lebanese newspaper “As-Safir” reported on Tuesday 6-11-2007.
This is the third time that Diab has won the award, since the competition was launched in 1989. Note that the Lebanese singer Elissa has previously won it twice, and Samira Said, Latifa and Ragheb Alama once for each of them.
Diab won the award this year for his latest album, “Tonight de”, which achieved the highest sales in the Middle East this year. And he won his first prize in 1998, for his album “Nour Al Ain”, which sold more than 3 million copies. While he won the 2002 award for his album “More One Loves You”.
And press reports talked about the nomination of other singers, including the Emirati Hussein Al Jasmi and the Egyptian Mohamed Mounir, to win the award, which is often accompanied by rumors about “buying” it by production companies, and presenting it to one of its stars.
Al-Jasmi did not comment on Diab’s victory, especially after it was rumored that he had received a promise from the company “Rotana” last year to be a prize this year to him, after she awarded her last year to Elisa, who caused angry reactions at the time. Until the Lebanese singer entered into a conflict with Hussein Al Jasmi, who accused the company of not being neutral in showing the real numbers of sales.