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Nancy Ajram (نانسي عجرم) or Nancy Nabil Ajram (Arabic: نانسي نبيل عجرم‎) (born May 16, 1983) is a multi-platinum Lebanese pop folk artist. Considered one of the decade's most important superstars of the Middle East & Arab world, Ajram has sold, by 2007, over 30 million records ranking 3rd best selling female artist in Lebanese history. Ajram has secured a sensational status in the Middle East by releasing seven albums to date, numerous music videos and commercials; Ajram has participated in the most significant Arabic festivals and won plenty of awards, most importantly the 2008 World Music Award of best-selling Arab/Middle Eastern artist. Nancy Ajram is the first and only female sponsor and spokesperson of Coca-Cola in the Middle East & Arab world.

Ajram was born on May 16th, 1983 to Nabil Ajram and Rimonda Oun, as the eldest of two siblings, Nadine Nariman Ajram and Nabil Ajram Jr. She started singing at the age of eight, when she appeared for the first time in 1991 at a singing contest for kids on national television in Lebanon. In 1995, at the age of twelve, Nancy Ajram took part in the entertainment show, Noujoum Al-Moustakbal, ("Stars of the Future"), a Lebanese television musical competition, winning a gold medal in the Tarab category after singing a song by Umm Kulthum.

Ajram studied music following her early success with renowned Lebanese musicians and although she was less than 18 years old, the syndicate of professional artists in Lebanon accepted her as a member because they found her to be an exceptional talent and deserved to be qualified as a professional artist. Shortly afterwards Nancy released her first album, Mihtagalak ("I Need You') in 1998, with most of its songs holding a pure Tarab style, thus starting her music career at the age of 15. It was followed by Sheel Oyoonak Anni ("Take Your Eyes Off Of Me") in 2000, which achieved more success.

Awards:
1995 Nojoom Al Mustaqbal Golden Award - (Nancy's most significant pre-stardom award)

2003 Murex D'or Award - Best Female Lebanese Singer of the year, Beirut

2003 Murex D'or Award - Best Video of the Year: Ya Salam - Nadine Labaki, Beirut

2003 The Golden Lion Award Egypt

2003 LG Music Award

2003-2004 Zahrat elKhaleej Magazine - Best Female Arab Singer, Dubai

2004 Zahrat elKhaleej - Best Music Video of the Year, Dubai

2004 Arabian Music Awards - Best Female Arab Singer of the year, Dubai

2004 Murex D'or Award - Best Female Lebanese Singer of the year, Beirut

2005 Zahrat elKhaleej Magazine - Best Female Arab Singer, Dubai

2005 Newsweek - Most Influential Arab Personalities, Kuwait

2005 - Honor from the Opera House of Egypt

2006 Murex D'or Award - Best Female Lebanese Artist of the year, Beirut

2006 Murex D'or Award - Best Video of the Year: Ehsas Jdeed - Said elMarouk, Beirut

2007 LG Music Award , Abu Dhabi

2007 Certificate from the Pope of Rome

2007 Middle East Music Awards (Mobinil) - Best Female Arab Singer of the year, Cairo

2007 Arabian Business - Most Influential Contemporary Female Singer in 2007

2007 Arabian Business - Most Powerful Arab Singers

2007 Kol elArab Survey - Best Arabic Star of the year 2007

2008 Annual Doha Festival - Honor Award, Doha

2008 World Music Award - World's Best-Selling Middle-Eastern Artist, Monaco

2008 Student Choice Award - : Best Album of the Year 2008, Beirut

Discography:

1998: Mihtagalak
2001: Sheel Oyoonak Anni
2002: Ya Salam
2004: Ah W Noss
2006: Ya Tabtab…Wa Dallaa
2007: Shakhbat Shakhabit
2008: Betfakkar Fi Eih?!

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