Abd-elFatah Grini is the only nominated Worldwide Act from the Middle East to 2011 MTV EMA World Event.
Lady Gaga leads the pack of EMA nominees with six nods, with Katy Perry and Bruno Mars following closely behind with four nominations. Adele, Justin Bieber and Thirty Seconds To Mars are each up for three awards. Other EMA nominees include Foo Fighters, Snoop Dogg, My Chemical Romance, Jennifer Lopez, LMFAO, Jessie J, Beyoncé, Coldplay, Eminem, Arcade Fire, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Far East Movement, Kanye West, Linkin Park, Wiz Khalifa and Kings of Leon.
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Abd-elFatah Grini began singing at the age of 13. He dresses like a rapper or a graffiti artist, but when he opens his mouth to sing, the 26-year-old’s rich voice has the power to transport the listener to back to the debonair days of Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Abd-elHalim Hafez.
It is hard to believe that the hard-working musician, who resides and works mainly in Egypt, has only been a professional singer for four years. It all began in 2007, when he became one of the winners on an MBC talent show called Album Program. Two singles were released in April 2008, resulting in a compilation called Rashed Wa Ahbabou with over 21,000 copies sold. This quickly led to the release of his first official album, titled Ya Khsartak Fy Ellayaly, four months later.
Currently working on his fourth album with MBC’s Platinum Records, Grini has sold up to 30,000 copies of his award-winning albums, and his YouTube music videos have millions of views each. With his upcoming work, he plans to experiment with electronica and fuse modern and classical sounds.
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