Greek Star Helena Paparizou to shine at 2013 Gabby Awards

Helena Paparizou to headline Awards Show and After Party in Hollywood

We’re proud to announce the participation of Greece’s number one pop singer, Helena Paparizou, at the 2013 Gabby Awards in Hollywood. Helena will be an integral part of the awards show, taking place at the historic El Capitan Theater and then dazzle audiences at the after party at Paramount Picture Studios where she will perform for the 1000+ VIP guests that will gather from throughout the United States, Canada and the world to celebrate “Greek America’s Best and Brightest Stars.”

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When Swedish-born Greek pop singer, Helena Paparizou, arrived to Greece hoping to launch her career, people in the industry warned it would be next to impossible for her because she wasn’t “Greek enough.” She was born in Sweden to Greek immigrant parents, had a different way of doing things (sound familiar?) and her Greek wasn’t exactly the kind the natives spoke.

But she didn’t let the skeptics bring her down, rising to the top of the Greek and European pop music world. In the end, she made it and her songs continue to top the charts and her concerts - both in Greece and abroad-- pack arenas regularly.

Paparizou was just 17-years-old when she launched what would become a star-studded career in Greece. She represented Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest as part of the group Antique and won third prize - a win that revitalized Greek interest in the decades-old song contest that is watched by hundreds of millions of Europeans in more than 30 countries, where winners are selected via mobile phone texting.

Four years later in 2005, she returned to the contest solo and brought Greece its first ever first place win with her hit song “My Number One”, which went platinum in Greece and Sweden, and became one of the biggest European dance songs of the year.

Today, the 30-year-old is one of Greece’s most successful singer/songwriters who has gained not only the respect of the industry, but the love of her fans. Not only is Paparizou one of Greece’s top-selling artists, but she was also “the face of Greece” in a tourism campaign launched by the Greek Tourist Organization several years ago and recently the Athens Classic Marathon.

Paparizou has a unique appeal and there’s nothing fly-by-night about it. She’s got the voice, the looks and the brains - a winning combination. Two years ago, Forbes listed Paparizou as one of the most powerful and influential celebrities in Greece. She also has more than 144 million views on YouTube-- more than any other artist in the Greek music industry.

Active on the social media networks, she Tweets regularly to her hundreds of thousands of fans and also posts photos and messages to her Facebook page which combined, have hundreds of thousands of international followers.

Selling hundreds of thousands of albums, singles and digital downloads, Paparizou also has the awards to prove her success. She has three Arion Music Awards, one European Border Breakers Award, nineteen MAD Video Music Awards (more than any other Greek artist) and an MTV Europe Music Award.

Paparizou has come a long way since arriving to Athens from Gutenberg, Sweden where she was born and raised by Greek immigrant parents originally from Karditsa. It was in Sweden where she performed for the first time in front of a Greek audience at the age of 11, singing Christos Dantis' hit song “Moro Mou.” That’s when she realized she wanted to become a singer... in Greece.

And, as they say in show business, "the rest is history.”