JOUNIEH, Lebanon: The annual Murex d’Or Awards went on until the early hours of Friday morning, with stars from across the Arab world like Haifa Wehbe, Sherine Abdul Wahhaab, and Wael Kfoury taking top honors.
Arab pop superstar Haifa Wehbe won best Arabic song for “Yama Layaly.” Nancy Ajram, who like Wehbe has triumphed at the ceremony in past years, won the best Lebanese singer prize, as well as best music video for “Shiekh al-Shabab.” Also honored for best music video was Carole Samahe for “Khalik Behalik.”
The Egyptian singer Sherine Abdul Wahhaab was named best Arab singer. She dedicated her performance at the awards to the Egyptian revolution.
Wael Kfoury took home best Lebanese song for “Visit to Melody,” and Cyrine Abdel Nour was named best Lebanese actress for her starring role in the LBC television drama “Sara.” The show centers on a woman’s struggle to deal with her husband’s affair.
Elia Francis was dubbed best opera singer in the Middle East.
Yeyhe Saade, the music video director who passed away last December, was also honored. Saade, who was 35 at the time at his death, had worked several times with fellow Murex d’Or winner Haifa Wehbe.
The stars and other guests were treated to multiple performances, including one by Lebanese crooner Tony Hanna.
The first Murex d’Or awards took place in 2000, and this year’s live televised ceremony was held at the Ambassadors’ Hall in Jounieh’s Casino du Liban.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 25, 2011, on page 16.