DUBAI: British singer Jessie J hit the stage at the record-setting second edition of the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Abu Dhabi in her role as the evening’s co-host on Saturday.
The show, held at Yas Island’s Etihad Arena, saw social media star and content creator Ossy Marwah co-host alongside the singer, who performed her hit song “Price Tag” on stage.
Awards were handed out based on a record number of 46 million votes that saw children from around the world choose their favorite international and regional acts across the film, television and music industries.
Influencer Gaith Marwan, actress Mayan El-Sayed and Moroccan singer-songwriter Manal picked up awards, while the line-up of artists who performed on the night included global music act Now United, Palestinian Chilean singer-songwriter Elyanna, Saudi artist Bader Al-Shuaibi, Palestinian singer-songwriter Noel Kharman, and Jordanian singer-songwriters Issam Alnajjar and Siilawy.
Ahead of his show, Kuwait-born-and-based star Al-Shuaibi spoke to Arab News about what to expect from his performance.
“I’m very excited to be part of this huge show with stars and influencers coming from around the world. It is an indescribable feeling, and I am very happy to be among the stars performing,” he said.
The pop singer, known for his hits “Mahsoma,” “Ya Hob,” and “Yalghair,” promised fans that his Nickelodeon show would be “different.”
He went on to perform a medley of his hits, including hits “Mtaaba,” “Kol El-Nas,” “Ana Weyah” and “Bravo Alek.”
For her part, Elyanna — who recently became the first artist to perform a full set in Arabic at California’s Coachella music festival — hit the stage with her latest release, “Mama Eh.”
Celebrity presenters included Lebanese eyewear designer and influencer Karen Wazen, influencer Noor Stars, radio host Kris Fade, musician Lea Makhoul, internet personality Amr Maskoun, YouTube stars the Saudi Reporters and vlogger Gaith Marwan, who also won the night’s favorite influencer award.
On the international front, US pop star Olivia Rodrigo won the favorite international artist prize, while internet heavyweight Mr Beast nabbed the favorite international content creator award. “Wednesday” actress Jenna Ortega was voted the favorite international influencer.