Janet Jackson sends message to abused women

Janet Jackson at a previous event this year. (AFP)
Updated 06 November 2018
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Janet Jackson sends message to abused women

BILBAO: US singer Camila Cabello swept the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday, winning best song with her hit “Havana” as well as best artist and best video, while Janet Jackson made an emotional speech on stage.

Jackson was crowned a “global icon,” a title previously awarded to U2, Queen, Whitney Houston and Eminem.
Accepting the award, she addressed abused women, saying: “I am one of those women, women who have been gagged both literally and emotionally, women who have been abused, women who have been intimidated, women who have lived in fear… I stand with you. You are my sisters.”

With two awards — for best hip hop artist and best look — US rapper Nicki Minaj held her own.
Meanwhile, Dua Lipa won best pop artist, while the US group Panic! at the Disco won best alternative artist and Marshmello snagged best electro artist.
Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, winner of three prizes in 2017, won best live artist.


The Six: Female rappers from the Middle East who are changing the game

Updated 18 November 2018
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The Six: Female rappers from the Middle East who are changing the game

DUBAI: These women are changing the face of rap in the Middle East with their bold lyrics and powerful prose.

Soultana

This Moroccan female rapper champions women’s rights and uses bold lyrics to tackle social issues. True to her feisty form, Soultana’s hit “Sawt Nissa” addresses sexual harassment in her home country.

Shadia Mansour

The British-Palestinian rapper uses hip-hop to highlight the Palestinian struggle. Mansour sees music as a medium for expressing dissent.

Mayam Mahmoud

The Egyptian rapper, who has been featured on CNN and the BBC for her efforts to advance women’s rights and combat sexual harassment, is making a name for herself on the rap scene.

Meryem Saci

The music of the Montreal-based songwriter of Algerian origin ranges from soulful R&B and jazz to reggae and hip-hop. Saci’s mixtape, “On My Way,” is a testament to her eclectic sound.

Malikah

The self-proclaimed “Queen of Arabic hip-hop” has established herself as one of the most important musicians in Lebanon and beyond with hard-hitting lyrics. She even opened the show for Snoop Dog in Abu Dhabi in 2011.