DJ Khaled reveals Arabic name of second child during Grammys acceptance speech

DJ Khaled revealed the name of his second child at the 2020 Grammys. (File/AFP)
Updated 29 January 2020

DJ Khaled reveals Arabic name of second child during Grammys acceptance speech

DUBAI: US-Palestinian producer DJ Khaled has announced the name of his second child, a boy, at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Taking to the stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center to accept his first-ever Grammy, for Best Rap/Sung Performance, the artist revealed that he and his wife Nicole Tuck have decided to name their newborn Aalam.

“First of all, God is the greatest, thank you God,” began the 44-year-old, who accepted the accolade for “Higher” alongside John Legend. “This is for Nipsey Hussle. This is for hip hop,” he added, shouting out the late Los Angeles rapper who was also featured on the track.

“I want to thank my beautiful queen Nicole. I just had a new baby boy a week ago,” he continued, going on to share his second child’s name and explaining, “It means ‘the world’ in Arabic.”

“And I also want to big up my other son, Asahd,” Khaled added of his first child, who recently turned three-years-old. “I love you so much. Daddy will be home soon.”

The Miami-based producer took to Instagram last week to announce the happy news that he is the proud father of a new baby boy.  

Posting a picture of himself with the family’s doctor, Dr Jin, after the birth, the “Wild Thoughts” hitmaker said: ‘THANK YOU ALLAH! THANK YOU MY QUEEN NICOLE! BLESS UP DR JIN ! ANOTHER ONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (sic).”

The chart-topping producer announced that he was going to become a father for the second time in 2019 with a picture of Tuck having an ultrasound scan.


Lebanese teen Nour Ardakani is global pop group Now United’s first Arab member

Updated 21 September 2020

Lebanese teen Nour Ardakani is global pop group Now United’s first Arab member

DUBAI: The search for global music group Now United’s newest member is finally over. Enter Nour Ardakani, the 18-year-old singer from Lebanon, who is set to become the band’s 16th member – and first Arab – after an extensive, months-long search for talent across the Middle East and North Africa.

Ardakani was hand-picked by Simon Fuller, the man who founded popular British girl band The Spice Girls and created “American Idol.”

“I think you are absolutely wonderful, and I think you would be perfect to join the group. And I would like to invite you to be the next member of Now United,” Fuller told the singer and dancer in a video call.

“Seriously, it’s me? You picked me?” asked Ardakani, to which Fuller replied: “You got it.”

The singer, who currently resides in Beirut with her family, joins fellow group for the band’s latest single “Feel It Now.”

Founded in 2017, the multinational music group announced in November last year that they were looking for a new member from the MENA region.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Out of thousands of hopefuls in the Middle East and North Africa, 13 were shortlisted and invited to participate in a virtual audition last week in front of Fuller. Eventually, it came down to Ardakani and a 15-year-old Emirati singer, Alya Al-Ali.

Fuller picked Ardakani after hearing her recording of Now United’s song “Habibi.”