The 6th annual Murex d’Or award ceremony took place in the luxurious hall of Le Casino Du Liban, Saturday January 28th 2006, and was later aired on LBCI Monday February 6th 2006. Tourism minister Joe Sarkis, members of the Lions Club, members of the press, actors, singers and many TV personalities attended this ceremony.
The evening started off by a dancing Phoenician portrait by the Hayakel dance group. The theme of the night was inspired by the Phoenician culture, seeing that the Murex itself is a Phoenician Symbol, representing a “shellfish”. The Murex d’Or is an annual award festivity honoring the artists of Lebanon and the Arab World.This year, the Murex committee wanted to try it in another perspective, so they divided the voting process into:
- 40% votes of the public, who were able to vote online through Naharnet, on the radio through Sawt Al Ghad, and in all Dar Al Sayyad publishing.
- 60% voting from a carefully selected jury combining various artists and specialists in the field of the arts.
- The members of the jury did not have any of their works nominated for an award.
After showing a video of the 2004 winners of the Murex, the trophies started raining down on many artists. Some were honorary trophies celebrating their life’s work, and some others were given upon winning in their category. (See end of article for a detailed list of the nominees and the winners for each category.)
Many singers performed their wonderful breathtaking songs, such as Haifa, Assi Hallani, Hussein El Jasmi, Adam and many more.
The Murex committee is not only about trophies, each year they visit “forgotten artists” and present them with an amount of money as a token of appreciation for all the work they offered throughout the years. This year, the jury visited Souaad Karim, Hind Taher and Ghattas Daw. And finally, how can we forget our lost dear ones? Elie Sneifer, Toufic Al Basha, Alia Nemri, Lamya Feghali, Wassim Tabbara, Moustafa Al Akkad, Ahmad Zaki, Samir Kassir and Jubran Tueini.
Honorary trophies were given to:
- Cindy Rome for being a very talented international star.
- Madiha Youssri for her long career as an arab actress.
- May Chidiac for journalist of the year.
- Walid Gholmieh for being a pioneer in music composition.
- Sabah received a Lifetime achievement award.
- Roberto Filla, an Italian composer.
- Antoine and Latife Moultaka, a theatrical couple.
- Michel Jeha, a poet.
- Alain Merheb, Lebanese great artist.
- Samir Khoury, a choreographer.
- Walid Toufic, Lebanese artist.
PS: Names In RED Are The Winners For Each Category.
Best Lebanese Male Singer:
Best Lebanese Female Singer:
Nawal El Zoghbi
Best Arab Male Singer:
Saber Al Roubaii
Hussein El Jasmi
Best Arab Female Singer:
Sherin Abdel Wahab
Most Popular Male Star:
Ahmad El Sherif
Most Popular Female Star:
Promising Male Voice:
Promising Female Voice:
Best Lebanese Song:
Ahla Osha’ – Zein El Omar
M’assar Fiyyi – Fadel Shaker
Bhebak Walaa – Najwa Karam
Bhebak Ana Ktir – Wael Kfoury
Best Arabic (non Lebanese) Song:
Awini Bik – Samira Saiid
Rouhi Ya Rouh – Nawal El Zoghbi
Meshit Khalas – Wael Jassar
Ana Nater – Nabil Sheil
Nabil Abou Abdo
Best Music Composer:
Tarek Abou Jaoude
Best Video Clip Director:
Nadine Labaki – Inta Eh (Nancy Ajram)
Salim Turk – Hobbak Wajaa (Elissa)
Tarek Alayli – Rouhi Ya Rouh (Nawal El Zoghbi)
Walid Slaylati – Sahran Maaki (Ahmad El Sherif)
Best Lebanese Actor:
Walid Al Alayli
Best Lebanese Actress:
Best Arab Actor:
Yehya El Fakhrani
Best Arab Actress:
Best Drama Writer:
Best Lebanese Movie:
BOSTA by Philippe Aractingi
Best Soundtrack For A Movie:
Kamal Saykali for Nasmit Sayf
Best Theatrical Play:
Kezzeb Kbir by Georges Khabbaz.