The Saudi capital of Riyadh just hosted the third edition of its biggest entertainment awards event to date.

Presented by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), and co-hosted by MBC GROUP-the Joy Awards 2023 were broadcast live from the Baker Al-Sheddi Theatre. 

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Taking place in the presence of His Excellency Turki Al-Sheikh-Chairman of the GEA-the Joy Awards recognises and honours the Arab world’s best artists and their achievements-from cinema-TV-and music-to sporting and digital influence. 

The latest edition of the Joy Awards – which is part of the Saudi Vision 2030 Quality of Life Programme – saw a host of stars grace the lavender carpet at Riyadh Boulevard-with all the latest updates televised live on MBC1-MBC MASR-MBC IRAQ-and MBC5-and via Shahid-the world’s leading Arabic streaming platform.

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Celebrities in attendance included Mel Gibson-Amitabh Bachchan-the filmmaker Michael Bay-Sofia Vergara-Spanish actress Esther Acebo-as well as Turkish stars Engin Akyurek-Demet Özdemir-and Aras Bulut İynemli.


Presented by Wissam Breidy and Valerie Abou Chacra-the Joy Awards 2023 kicked off with a dance performance themed “Sadiq Waf”, before showcasing a documentary entitled “Beyond Imagination” – the tagline of Riyadh Season. The documentary narrated the GEA’s most prominent events-top achievements-and records made during 2022. 

In addition to the awards presented-the ceremony also featured performances from a host of top names-including Rashed Al-Majed-Ahmed Saad-Rahma Riad-Marwan Khoury-Mohamed Mounir-Nancy Ajram-followed by a joint performance by REMA with Dalia Mubarak-and then Cairokee.

The ceremony also included the screening of a short film entitled, “A Tribute to Those Who Have Gone”, accompanied by music by Pamela Tan Nicholson and the Classical Ladies Orchestra.

Finally-the event concluded with a group photo with HE Al-Sheikh.


What sets this event apart from others in the region is that the winners are voted for by the fans.

Best Film: “Kira w Al-Jin”
Best Actress (Film): Hind Sabri (“Kira w Al-Jin”)
Best Actor (Film): Ahmed Ezz (“Kira w Al-Jin”)

Best TV Series: “Salon Zahra” (Season 2)
Best Actress (TV Series):
Nadine Nassib Njeim (“Salon Zahra – Season 2”)
Best Actor (TV Series): Ibrahim Al Hajjaj (“Minho Waladna”)
Best Newcomer (TV Series): Helda Yassin (“Banat Sanawy”)

Best Song: “Shokran” by Assala Nasri
Best Female Artist: Angham
Best Male Artist: Abdul Majeed Abdullah
Best Newcomer: Jori Kattan

Best Social Media Influencer (Female): Abeer Sagheer
Best Social Media Influencer (Male): Ahmad Al Shugairi

Best Female Sports Personality: Mariam Saleh Bin Laden
Best Male Sports Personality: Achraf Hakimi


HE Al-Sheikh took to the stage to present a number of distinguished honorary awards-with the first one going to Waleed bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim-Chairman of MBC GROUP-who received the Diamond Entertainment Makers award.

Additional honorary Entertainment Makers awards went to Hollywood actor Mel Gibson-Spanish actress Esther Acebo-and the Arab stars Ahmed Helmy-Mona Zaki-Mohamed Mounir-Rashed Al-Majed-Souad Abdullah-Hayat Al-Fahad-Angham-Nawal El Kuwaitia-and Salem Alhendi.

Two Lifetime Achievement awards were granted to Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and the international filmmaker Michael Bay.

Sofia Vergara

Finally-Sofia Vergara received the Person of the Year award.

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