Artists celebrate rule of King Abdullah

Updated 13 May 2014
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Artists celebrate rule of King Abdullah

Seventeen Saudi artists have created a mix of artwork, including video documentaries and photographs, to celebrate the nine-year reign of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
The artwork went on display at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Jeddah on Tuesday. Prince Fahd bin Muqrin, who heads a national environmental education initiative, opened the exhibition.
The artists are Khalid Rashid, Mohammed Asiri, Mehdi Aghili, Saleh Al-Shari, Abidha Al-Faiz, Ashwaq Dali, Hind Naseer, Hana Neto, Mohammed Kahal, Salma Sheikh, Sadiq Ghalib, Wadad Ahmadi, Hisham Punjabi, Ghada Al-Rabih, Dua’a Bender, Ihab Haddad and Jasmine Khayat.
Khayat said it was a privilege to celebrate the anniversary by exhibiting her work. It was the duty of every citizen, who has enjoyed nine years of security, safety and stability, to thank King Abdullah, she said.
Prince Fahd praised the efforts of the artists and organizers and asked Allah to grant the king a long life. He said King Abdullah was like a father to the nation.
His many achievements include the expansion of the Grand Mosque, the train at the holy sites for pilgrims, the Zamzam water project and the Jeddah and Makkah metro train developments.
The king, said Prince Fahd, also created many jobs for Saudis, opened up several universities, developed the economic and industrial cities, created five medical cities and expanded many hospitals.
In addition, King Abdullah started a project to restructure the judiciary, established the national center for inter-cultural and religious dialogue and expanded the overseas scholarship program.
He also issued a decree to create the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, said Prince Fahd.


R&B star Alicia Keys to host 2019 Grammy Awards

Updated 16 January 2019
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R&B star Alicia Keys to host 2019 Grammy Awards

  • Alicia Keys will replace James Corden, British-late night comedian, who hosted two years in a row
  • Numerous female performers are contending for the awards this year

LOS ANGELES: American singer and songwriter Alicia Keys will host the Grammy Awards next month, she announced Tuesday, one year after the gala came under fire over diversity concerns.
Keys -- herself a 15-time Grammy winner -- will be the emcee for music's biggest night, which this year features a diverse slate of women and hip hop artists as leading contenders.
"I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I know what it feels like to be proud of the work that you've put in and to be recognized for it," Keys said in a video posted on social media.
"I feel like it's the perfect opportunity for me to give the light back and lift people up -- especially all the young women that are nominated," she added.
"To me, it feels like sister vibes."
Keys replaces James Corden, the British-late night comedian who has hosted the awards the past two years.
Since releasing her blockbuster album "Songs in A Minor" in 2001, classically trained pianist Keys has sold more than 30 million records and become a successful film, television and Broadway producer.
Her appointment as Grammy host comes after the Recording Academy -- which organizes the event -- faced backlash that the show is consistently too male and too white.
Academy head Neil Portnow said in May he would step aside when his contract expires later this year, after he triggered outrage after saying women artists should "step up."
"A dynamic artist with the rare combination of groundbreaking talent and passion for her craft, Alicia Keys is the perfect choice as host for our show," Portnow said in a statement.
Rap superstar Kendrick Lamar is leading the Grammy pack with eight nominations, propelled mostly by his work on the "Black Panther" soundtrack.
Women performers also boast a heavy presence in top categories after being largely snubbed a year ago.
Rapper Cardi B, pop diva Lady Gaga and folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile all nabbed key nominations for the show, which will take place on February 10 in Los Angeles.