Saudi Arabia’s Joy Awards-2023 attract world celebs

The colourful ceremony of the third ‘Joy Awards’, held in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh honoured artists and influencers who spread joy in the Arab region and the world, with 15 awards in fields including television, cinema, social media influencing, sport and music. It also focused on new faces in some categories to support and motivate young talents.

Riyadh’s Bakr Al-Sheddi Theater laid out the lavender carpet to welcome some of the biggest stars in entertainment to the third annual festival on Saturday night.

The ceremony was attended by many Saudi celebrities, media professionals, and several international stars such as Georgina Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Amitabh Bachchan, Sofia Vergara, Michael Bay, and more than 200 Arab stars from various fields of art and culture.

The Joy Awards, a part of Riyadh Season, are hosted by the GEA in line with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030. The event is billed as the largest celebration of entertainment creators in the Arab world.

US actor and director Gibson received an Honorary Entertainment Makers Award while US filmmaker Michael Bay was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role in cinema.

Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan was also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Colombian-American actress and fashion model Sofia Vergara accepted the Personality of the Year Award while Lebanese star Nadine Nassib Nejim received the Best TV Actress Award.

Moroccan footballer Achraf Hakimi received the Best Sportsman award while Saudi swimmer and humanitarian Dr Mariam Salah Binladen lifted the Best Sportswoman trophy.

The event also hosted Turkish actress Demet Ozdemir and her countryman Engin Akyuarek, and Spanish actress Ester Exposito.

 

 

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