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CATEGORY: Singers
DATE OF BIRTH: 1976-10-06
BIRTHPLACE: Bsalim, Lebanon

Biography

Diana Joseph Fouad Haddad (ديانا جوزيف فؤاد حداد‎) is a singer and Television Personality with Emirati citizenship. Mainly known as Diana Haddad, she is one of the most popular and successful singers in the Arab World and has been so since the late 1990s. She was a record-breaker since her first song Saken in 1996, and she is still considered one of the most successful Arab female singers and one of the best selling singers in the Arab World. Haddad does not limit herself to one music style, she knows how to present a very wide range, moving from the most rhythmic songs to the slow romantic ones. Haddad first came to fame in 1993 when she just 16. While she was recording her first album she appeared on the Arabic talent show Studio El Fan in Beirut performing the traditional folk song written by Elias Abou Azala Tayr El Yammameh which would be included on her first album Saken.

Three years later, the release of her debut album Saken, which featured her single Saken, Lagaitek, a cover of Issam Rajji's old hit, and Al-Sahra. Soon, after she became a mother to her first child, a daughter Sophie. In 1997 she released one of the most successful albums in her discography, Ahl AL Esheq, which included the hit single Ahl Al Esheg. She released the most popular pop album of the 1990s Ammanih. In 2000s she released the more critically acclaimed and successful albums Awel Marrah and Diana 2006. In 2007 Haddad gave birth to her second daughter Mira in Dubai. On 30 October 2008, Haddad released her second long waited Khaliji (Gulf Arabic) album Men Diana Illa.

In April 2009, Haddad was dubbed by the Arab press as being one of the year's most the influential Middle East artists.

Early years

Haddad was born to a Maronite Christian father Joseph Haddad and a Shiite Muslim mother Mouna Haddad in a small village called Bsalim in Lebanon on 1 October 1976. Her talent was discovered at an early age when she won the televised talent show, Studio el Fan. Haddad is the third born, with two older brothers and one younger brother and sister. Diana was raised in Kuwait and educated at the Feheheel National School. Haddad was only 16 when she started working on her debut album. The album took three years to prepare since Haddad was also working on her high school degree followed by her associate degree in Computer Science. During this time Haddad met the Emirati TV director Suhail Al-Abdool. They got married in 1995. They worked together exclusively, which drew some criticism from media and led to them deciding to artistically separate in 2003 to end false rumours of divorce and Diana's career being centred around her husband. Haddad and Al-abdool have one daughter, Sofy, born in July 1997. Haddad has produced several albums and established a very solid fan base – she is known for maintaining the same level of success, popularity and great performances, like a few other female Arabic singers like from the 1980s and 1990s, such as Majida El Roumi, Latifa, Samira Said, Asalah Nasri, Angham, Elissa, Najwa Karam, Nawal Al Zoghbi and the late Thekra. Haddad is well known as being an elegant singer but still keeping the conservative Arabic traditions that actually attracted more fans and is critically acclaimed by the reviews of being "a great talent, a respectful diva". Haddad was granted an honorary citizenship from the UAE, many officials stated that "Diana is like a daughter for us, married to a UAE citizen and always being very active in the national and traditional events make her nothing less that one of us".

Personal Life (Lifestyle, Marriage, Personality, Family, Religion)

Diana Haddad comes from the Southern Lebanese town of Maghdouche, although born in the Mountain town of Bsalim. She is the third born out of 5 siblings, the others being sister Lolita and brothers Danny, Fadi and Samir. She was raised in Kuwait until 1990 when the Gulf War reached there. She married a much older Emirati TV director Suhail Al Abdoul in the early mid 1990s while still in her teens and gave birth to their first child Sophie on 19 July 1996. Diana Haddad has always stated in the face of critics who called it a marriage of convenience that it was out of love she married, not search of wealth.However,she recognized that she was far too young to marry, even though in love she had not fully grown up. The couple's second daughter Mira was born on 26 November 2007. Diana Haddad is also noted to being quite petite in size and height. Following the death of her Muslim mother, Diana Haddad converted to Shia Islam in late 1999 and performed Umrah soon afterwards. Haddad rarely speaks about her Conversion or religious beliefs in public, but frequently states she is true a believer of God. Although Diana Haddad once told an Arabic Magazine how her Christian relatives (particularly her father) did not support her decision to convert to Islam and were against it, however eventually respected her decision. She is the only one of her siblings who practices Islam. Diana Haddad lives in Dubai with her two daughters Sophie and Mira fathered from her Ex-husband Suhail Al Abdoul. In February 2010 in a interview with Mazen Diab for "Stars Cafe" Diana Haddad spoke on the topic of her divorce and marriage openly, she went on to state despite not regretting her marriage or her choice. She did however regret being married at such a young age, stating that she would not encourage it and that girls should be at least old enough to be mentally prepared for the path of marriage. When Mazen attempted to ask whether she saw comparisons between her divorce and that of her friend fellow Lebanese singer Nawal Al Zoghbi divorce from her husband Elie Deeb Haddad politely declined to be compared to Al-Zoghbi's situation. She explained unlike Al Zoghbi her divorce had not been as publicized and she is on good terms with her ex-husband Suhail Al-Abdoul.

Haddad revealed that she was not against plastic surgery as long as it was not exaggerated and admitted to having Rhinoplasty on her nose. Haddad says in future if she decides to ever under go cosmetic surgery she would not conceal it because she has nothing to hide. In late 2009 while traveling in Lebanon with her driver in Beirut. Diana Haddad and her driver were suddenly attacked by armed militant bandits demanding everyone in the car to get out,its believed these were robbers with the motive to steal.Amid the dangerous atmosphere Haddad's driver refuse to obey the demands of the criminals and made a daring yet life saving quick exit and escape.The militants attempted to catch up with them but failed. Haddad called the incident traumatic and said she was not able to sleep for days afterwards with fear and anxiety,however she went on to say she is grateful and thankful to be safe and alive, that it shows the true kindness of God.

Haddad frequently visits her native Lebanon when possible and owns real estate there. Since her conversion to Shia Islam nearly a decade ago, Haddad describes herself as a "private yet observant Muslim" who prays, reads from the Qur'an and fasts during the holy month of Ramadan. She takes part in charity activities whenever possible. Rumours had been circulating that Haddad had embraced Sufism (a mystical interpretation of islam) in midst of her divorce, she however denied these claims. Then rumours began that she had left Islam and returned to Christianity (which she denied) and stated she did not find offensive since she "respects all religions" but continued to state she is a devout Muslim, dedicated to her faith. She has stated that to her the hardest time of the year is celebrating eid in absence of her dead mother despite celebrating it with other Muslim relatives the death of her mother is still a painful memory. She revealed that a song on her 2010 album would be dedicated to her mother and the relationship between a mother and daughter. She was a Main Judge on the Khaleeji version of Star Academy Najm Al Khaleej 1st series from 2009–2010. In March 2010 during an interview with the Arabic Elaph newspaper, Haddad was asked whether she participated in the recent Lebanese elections of 2009 she stated that she had not voted and explaining; "I live in the UAE now,however as for Lebanon, my wish is for it to live in peace, because Lebanon is a lover of life and peace.I hope that God loves every official in Lebanon who puts the country's interests over his personal benefit." Haddad is currently expecting to release a religious song called A Gift From God in honor of the holy month of Ramadan.

Humanitarian Activities

Diana Haddad is well known for her humanitarian work and activism in times of crisis and for social causes. She has done her philanthropy for private and public events. In 1998 she took part in "Helm Al Arabi" (The Arab Dream) along with other famous Arab stars. The event was staged in Beirut. Diana Haddad later went on to release her own humanitarian track for charity in 1999 Aqwad Al Shama'a that focused on the hunger and poverty in Africa and suffering of African children.

Declining Dameer Al Arabi

Diana Haddad was offered in 2008 to be part an ensemble of artists to sing Dameer Al Arabi (The Arab Conscience) about the dire situation of the middle east and Arab world from Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Iraq War, sectarian tensions & political instability of Lebanon and many other issues.It was basically a sequel to Al Helm Al Arabi project of 1990s. Many of the original participants agreed to take part again like Asala Nasri. However,many new famous artists joined to the ensemble this time from Yara, Nancy Ajram, Amal Hijazi, Diana Karazon and Checb Khaled. However in an interview with Tarattatta -a music variety show, she said Arab "patriotic songs" proved useless and vain. Haddad explained that a long tradition of patriotic themes in Arabic songs did not lead to any change in situations and issues involving the Arab World. Speaking about why she declined participation in Al Dameer Al Arabi (The Arab Conscience).Haddad pointed out that such themes are all worn-out, and has no role to play anymore. “We have to find a different way to help our societies,” she concluded.

Style

Diana Haddad is known for her elegant style since the early start of her career, wearing designs and conjuring her own unique style. Many believe she is currently the only Lebanese female artist who consolidates with the conservative Arabic traditions combined with feminine elegance and beauty. In 2003 she was chosen as the "Most Elegant Female Arab Singer" at the Al-Doha Festival in Qatar. She has also attended many fashion shows of Walid Attalah, her stylist at the time. She has also worked with Akl Fakeh the only Lebanese stylist who has won the UAE Golden Key for his designs. When she attended the Fashion show of her stylist and personal designer Akl Fakih in late 2009,she was perhaps the most notable guest there. To quote the Khaleej Times on Haddad's appearance there; " Adding that extra touch of glamour was the presence of Arab singer Diana Haddad in the audience." In 2007 Haddad was awarded the title The Most Stylish Star of 2007 by "Stars Cafe" Magazine (the official source for World Music Award results in The Middle East). She received the highest votes from experts in fashion as per polls by the said magazine beating well known stars like Nawal Al Zoghbi, Haifa Wehbe, Elissa and Nancy Ajram. In 2008 Haddad was chosen to represent the Middle East in Calvin Klein's first fashion show in the Middle East held in UAE. She wore a classical black dress from his collection. Now Haddad is working to release a clothing line in her name.

Awards and titles

Year Awarded by Category
1996 Arab World Platinum Award for the sales Saken
1996 AL Hilm Al Arabi ceremony Best Song of the year Saken
1997 Emirates FM Best Song of The Year Ahel El Eshig
1997 Arab World Best Arabic Female Singer
1997 Emirates FM Best Arabic Female Singer
1997 Lebanon Award Of Appreciation from Orbit Festival
1997 Al Reyada & Alshabab Mag. Best Arabic Female Singer
1998 Al Readeya Newspaper Best Arabic Female Singer
1998 Jordan Appreciation certificate from Jarash Festival
1998 Arab World Platinum Award for the sales Ammaneh
1999 Fans from Canada and United States Best Arab Female Singer
1999 Egypt The Golden Star
2000 Al Readeya Newspaper Best Arabic Female Singer
2000 Egypt Egypt's Most Popular Arab Female Singer
2000 The Egyptian association of film writers and critics The 2000s Star
2000 Arab World Best Arabic Female Singer according to polls carried out in US & Canada
2000 Jordan,Shabeeb Festival The Festival's Star
2001 Lebanon Best Selling Album of the Year Garh Al Habib
2001 Lebanese Defence Ministry Trophy of Appreciation
2001 ART music channel Star of the Year
2001 Zahrat Al Khaleej Mag. Best Arabic Female Singer
2001 Dubai, UAE Special Award in Honor for Contributions in Maseret El Hub
2002 Clip's Oscar Festival Best Cinema Clip of the Year
2002 Zahrat Al Khaleej Mag. Most Popular Arabic Female Singer
2002 United Arab Emirates Best Cinema Clip of the Year
2002 Elaph Best Duet of the Year ( Law Yesaloni )
2002 Hureitay Awards in Egypt Best Female Artist (more than 4 millions votes)
2003 Arab World Platinum Award for the sales Law Yesaloni
2003 Doha Festival The Festival's Star
2004 Al Mashaheer Festival Best Female Artist
2006 ART music channel Star of the Year
2006
Virgin Megastore
Best Sales for the album Diana 2006
2006 Ahlan! Magazine 2006 Hot 100 Power Couples
2007 Ajman TV Star of philanthropy
2007 Hureitay Awards in Egypt Best Female Artist,
2007 Hureitay Awards in Egypt Best Video Clip Mas And Louly
2007 CHF firm Appreciation Award Contributions In Charity Events held by the firm
2007 Stars Cafe Magazine The Most Stylish Star
2007 Stars Cafe Magazine Album of the Year Diana 2006
2007 Stars Cafe Magazine Best Video Clip Aadi
2007 Bouthaina Mag. Ceremony Best Female Artist
2007 Ahlan! Magazine 2007 Hot 100 Power Couples
2008 Lebanon Journal Best Lebanese Artist
2008 LebnonEntertaiment Best Video Clip Azab El Hawa
2008 LebnonEntertaiment Best Lebanese Artist
2008 Rashid's Care Honor Award
2009 Dar Al Sada & Shabab 20 Mag. The Most influential artist in the Arab World
2009 Dar Al Sada & Shabab 20 Mag. The Arabia Star
2009 Al Madina FM ( Syria ) The Most Requested Song ( Ya Aybo )
2009 Clip's Oscar Festival Best Cinema Clip of the Year " Ya Aybo "( Award went to Nahla Al Fahad the Director of the Clip )
2009 ART music channel Video Clip of the year :Azab al Hawa ( Nominaited )
2010 HitMarker. One Of the Best Selling Artists in The Middle-East ( 7th )
2010 ART music channel Video Clip of the year :Shift Itesalak( Nominaited )
2010 ART music channel Single of the year :Ya Aybo( Nominaited )
  • She has also won awards as the best selling female and all Arab artist in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2006 in Egypt, Lebanon, the Persian Gulf and North Africa.
  • She was named as one of the best selling Arabian singers in the last decade Along with Amro Diab, Nancy Ajram, Elissa and others
  • To Date she has sold over 26 Million Copies, and she has more than 20 number one singles in the Arab world (almost all of her singels reached #1 in Arab World)

Studio albums

  • 1996: Saken
  • 1997: Ahl Al Esheg
  • 1998: Ammanih
  • 1998: Yammaia
  • 1999: Shater
  • 2000: Jarh Al Habib
  • 2001: Akhbar Helwa
  • 2002: Law Yesaloni
  • 2004: Awel Marrah
  • 2006: Diana 2006
  • 2008: Men Diana Illa

Live Albums

  • 1996: Anida

Compilation albums

  • 2002: Best of Diana Haddad

Special Recordings/Live Tracks

  • Lematha Al Moshtaka
  • Helm Al Arabi
  • Ya Rayheen Ommi (1997)
  • Jabalak Kanz (live in concert ) (1998)
  • Mush Beedi (1999)
  • Ya Carthage (2000)
  • Naam Zayed (2001)
  • Ard El Emarat (2001)
  • Wily Mennak (2001)
  • Asma Bilad
  • Roof Roohi (2002)
  • El Lilah Ghair (2002)
  • Noor Aini (2002)
  • Ela Falastin... (2002) (Live)
  • Saat Kheir (2003)
  • Ainawi (2003)
  • Yal Samra (2003)
  • Lgenawi (2003)
  • Ya Keef Al Rooh (2003)
  • Ya Fakr
  • Ya Baad Omri
  • Enta Al Shams (2001) (Song most famously by Najwa Karam) (Unreleased Studio Recording)
  • Al EIn Molayetin (2005) (Live in concert in Algeria)
  • Lanat Emaraa (Theme Song for a Drama in Bahrain) (2008)
  • Yal Samra (2003)

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