Lebanon’s Maritta Hallani promises ‘a year full of surprises’

Maritta Hallani
Updated 29 March 2018
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Lebanon’s Maritta Hallani promises ‘a year full of surprises’

JEDDAH: Rising Lebanese pop singer Maritta Hallani has thanked her fans after bagging the Favorite Arab Music Artist Award at this year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (KCA).
“Thank you so much for voting for me,” she said in a video on Instagram. “This would not have been possible without your love and support... I have a year full of surprises for you.”
The results were revealed during a gala dinner in Los Angeles this month.
Hallani, 21, on Wednesday posted a photo of herself jumping with joy holding the award.
The KCA is an American children’s awards show produced by Nickelodeon. It honors the year’s biggest TV, movie and music acts, as voted by viewers of Nickelodeon networks worldwide.
Hallani has won legions of fans with songs such as “Go”, “Shtaatellak” and “Chou Baddak.” She is considered a style icon by many, and has an Instagram account with more than a million followers.
Hallani has been singing since she was six years old. Last year, the Huffington Post named her as one of the “3 Rising Young Musicians.”
The KCA featured two categories specific to the Middle East. Nominated for Favorite Internet Star were Noha Nabil, Saudi Reporters, Sherif Fayed, Taim Al-Falasi and The Real Fouz. Saudi Reporters won the award.
Nominees for Favorite Music Artist were Abd El-Fattah Grini, Douzi, Saad Ramadan and Hallani.


Police visit ‘Saturday Night Live’ star after Instagram post

Updated 16 December 2018
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Police visit ‘Saturday Night Live’ star after Instagram post

  • Earlier this month, the comedian wrote on Instagram that he has spoken about borderline personality disorder from which he says he suffers
  • A police spokesman declined to say where officers met with Ariana Grande’s ex-fiance on Saturday

NEW YORK: New York City police were concerned about Pete Davidson after he wrote “I don’t want to be on this earth anymore” on Instagram. And they visited the “Saturday Night Live” star to make sure he was OK.
A police spokesman declined to say where officers met with Ariana Grande’s ex-fiance on Saturday. But his Instagram posting was deleted and NBC did not cancel its live show.
What alarmed Davidson’s fans and authorities was the tone of the entertainer’s post: “I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last. All I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.” He added a heart emoji.
Social media erupted with words of love for the 25-year-old comedian and native New Yorker who first appeared on “Saturday Night Live” in 2014. And his name is trending on Twitter.
One admirer tweeted “hang in there. There is a lot of help out here. Surrender to some love ... I’m praying for you Pete. I’ve been there. It gets better.”
Earlier this month, Davidson wrote on Instagram that he has spoken about borderline personality disorder from which he says he suffers, “and being suicidal publicly only in the hopes that it will help bring awareness and help kids like myself who don’t want to be on this earth.
“No matter how hard the Internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won’t. I’m upset I even have to say this.”
Davidson and Grande were engaged in June, but broke up earlier this fall.
In November, Davidson apologized for mocking the appearance of a veteran who lost an eye in Afghanistan.
He said Lt. Com. Dan Crenshaw, now a congressman-elect from Texas, “deserves all the respect in the world.”
On SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment , Davidson was joined by Crenshaw, a Navy SEAL.
Davidson had mocked Crenshaw a week earlier, saying viewers might be surprised he’s “not a hit man in a porno movie.”
Crenshaw, a Republican who won a House seat in the 2018 midterm elections, took some joking shots at Davidson. And when his cellphone rang, the tone was “Breathin” by Grande.
Crenshaw got serious at the end, encouraging civilians and veterans to connect and paying tribute to heroes like Davidson’s father, a firefighter who died in the 9/11 terror attacks.