Emmy (Armenian singer)

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Emmy
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Background information
Birth name Emma Bejanyan
Also known as Emmy
Born (1984-04-12) 12 April 1984 (age 30)
Origin Yerevan, Armenia
Genres Pop
Years active 1993-present
Website www.emmy.am

Emmy (born Emma Bejanyan (Armenian: Էմմա Բեջանյան); 12 April 1984), is an Armenian singer. Emmy is considered to be one of Armenia's most popular and influential singers, being labelled as a "pop princess" and "Armenian pop icon".[1] Emmy represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and became the country's first non-qualifier.

Early career[edit]

Emmy's career took off immediately after she recorded her first song, "Hayastan," and released its video, in 1993. She earned numerous awards at song competitions in Armenia, Russia, Turkey, Europe, and elsewhere. She sang and toured with the all-female folk-pop quartet Hayer from 1994 to 2000.[1]

Other projects[edit]

Emmy also runs Emmy-B Production Center, a music-production company searching for new young talents in Armenia.[2] As of 2014 she's also a judge in the TV competition The X Factor's 3rd season.

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

In February 2010, Emmy along with singer Mihran participated in the 2010 Armenia pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the entry "Hey (Let Me Hear You Say)" which was even endorsed by Ricky Martin.[3][4] The pair came second losing out to eventual winner, Eva Rivas with "Apricot Stone" for the ticket to the 2010 Contest in Oslo.[5] Bejanyan represented Armenia at Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany.[6] On May 10, Emmy failed to qualify for the final, making her the first Armenian Eurovision act to miss the final.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Armenian Reporter:". Reporter.am. 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  2. ^ Azad-Hye. "Azad-Hye Middle East Armenian Portal (A shiny star ... Emmy)". Azad-hye.net. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "All’s Forgotten: Emmy says she’s overcome "confusion", ready to wave tricolor at Eurovision - Arts and Culture". ArmeniaNow.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  6. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (11 December 2010). "Emmy to represent Armenia in Düsseldorf". ESCToday. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Eva Rivas
with Apricot Stone
Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2011
Succeeded by
Dorians
with Lonely Planet