Armenian celebrities are widely known not only inside Armenia, but also outside the country’s borders. Knowing Armenian celebrities will surely help you to better understand this country and its place in the modern world culture.
Armenia is a small country and although it will take you some time to find it on the world map, certain significant Armenian celebrities inside and outside Armenia are known to the world. With their help it is easier to find out where Armenia is, what it is about, as well as what it has to offer to the world – rich culture and traditional elements combined with the modern features of Armenia.
So, if you feel like finding out more on Armenian celebrities, here we have listed 10 most widely known Armenian celebrities living and acting both in Armenia and abroad.
Armenian Celebrity #1: Sirusho
Sirusho is a very famous Armenian singer/songwriter and perhaps the most famous Armenian celebrity as everybody without exception knows her.
She was born in a family of artists: her mother is a singer, and her father is a famous dramatic actor. So, it was not surprising when Sirusho took her mother’s path and started writing and singing her own songs. She sings pop, soul and Armenian pop-folk music, which she has presented in more than 30 countries in the world.
Many people consider Sirusho to be the Beyonce of Armenian show-business, and with her powerful voice and diva appearance she really is. Some of Sirusho’s most known and popular songs are “Hima”, “Havatum em”, “Qele-Qele”, and others.
Sirusho presented Armenia in Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song “Qele-Qele” and finally took the 4th place. Her recently most famous song “PreGomesh” was even nominated for World Music Award 2014.
Armenian Celebrity #2: Arthur Abraham
Arthur Abraham is a world famous box fighter who plays for Germany. He is Armenian and was born in Armenia. Arthur is a real celebrity here, everyone loves and supports him, and all of his matches (he usually wins majority of them) become a national celebration, people watch them and cheer for Arthur.
As we already mentioned, Arthur plays for Germany, but after the each game he wins, he raises up a huge flag of Armenia. Tthough he has to pay a fine for doing that every single time, he still keeps on doing this to let the world know he is Armenian and not German.
Armenian Celebrity #3: Lilit Hovhannisyan
Lilit Hovhannisyan is another famous singer, living in Armenia. She is a real celebrity here, especially among young children and teenagers.
Exactly 5 years ago, in 2011, Lilit took part in the Armenian version of America’s got talents: “Hay Superstar” show. Even though she didn’t win the show, after the show was over, she managed to make herself a better career than the winner.
Comparing Lilit back then and now, we can see how much she has changed over the course of only 5 years. She turned from a shy and just a cutie girl, wearing glasses to a confident, smart and beautiful woman everyone wants to be like.
Lilit’s songs go viral every time, people love her music, as well as videos. As a matter of fact, Lilit probably has the most expensive music videos in the Armenian show-business.
Armenian Celebrity #4: Serj Tankian
Serj Tankian is another Armenian celebrity – a real celebrity of a world caliber. He is more known as the vocalist of the SOAD (System of a Down).
Serj is extremely popular in Armenia, but mainly among teenagers and young adults, i.e. people who listen to rock music and know the SOAD. But besides being famous for his music career, Serj Tankian is also a charity person, who sponsors a lot of programs, and he does visit Armenia occasionally.
Most importantly for traditional Armenians, once he mentioned during one of his interviews, that his future wife should be Armenian, and no other nationality. Later she actually turned up to be, and in 2012 Angela Madatian and Serj Tankian got married.
Armenian Celebrity #5: Tigran Hamasyan
Tigran Hamasyan is an Armenian jazz pianst, who is pretty famous in the world. Tigran is from the second largest city of Armenia – Gyumri. As Gyumri is also considered to be the cultural capital of Armenia, it is extremely natural to have such talented people as Tigran to be exactly from this city.
His music is very unique, and perhaps not everybody will understand it, only those who will be able to get deep into the song and feel what Tigran feels, while playing it.
As Tigran describes it, his music is inspired from a very wide range of sources, from Armenian folk to jazz, from Bach to dubstep, and, finally, from contemporary electronica to thrash metal.
Armenian Celebrity #6: Shushan Petrosyan
Shushan Petrosyan is one of the brightest representatives of current Armenian pop music. She has had quite a long journey through the Armenian show-business after the collapse of the USSR.
Shushan’s songs are very much loved among people, as they perfectly portrait the condition of a person’s soul and manage to get deep into it. This is exactly what makes people love her songs.
Lately, besides from being a singer, she was also elected into the National Assembly of Armenia from the ruling party. Of course, being an MP takes up most of her time, and as a result she has temporarily stopped her career as a singer. But Shushan’s old songs are still popular and many people still listen to her and consider her to be a great Armenian celebrity.
Armenian Celebrity #7: Arax Mansourian
Arax Mansourian is Shushan Petrosyan’s mother, she is the pride of Armenian opera. Arax was born in Beirut, Lebanon, but her family moved to Armenia, when she was an infant.
Arax started her career as a soprano here in Armenia and continued it in Sydney, Australia, where she currently lives and works.
She has more than 30 roles in her repertoire, reciting both Armenian and world famous composers such as Tigranian, Komitas and Rachmaninoff, Glinka, Mozart and many others. Arax also performs works of her famous brother, another famous Armenian composer Tigran Mansuryan.
Armenians consider Arax Mansuryan to be the diamond of Armenian music, and indeed she is. Everyone in Armenia is very proud to have a soprano like Arax.
Armenian Celebrity #8: Tigran Mansuryan
We have already mentioned Tigran Mansuryan as Arax Mansuryan’s brother, but besides being relative to a famous soprano, he is also a very prominent Armenian composer.
Some of Mansuryan’s very famous works are soundtracks for several Soviet era Armenian movies, which have become cinema classics for today.
There is absolutely no person in Armenia who won’t recognize the music “Ktor me yerkinq” (Piece of the sky) which was the soundtrack of the movie with the same title.
This might be one of his most famous works, but he also has outstanding pieces of classical music. Mansuryan was even granted the Saint Mesrop Mashtots medal for his “Requiem”.
Armenian Celebrity #9: Charles Aznavour
Charles Aznavour is a world famous singer, chansonnier. He was born in France in the family of Armenian immigrants who had left their homeland, escaping the Ottoman Empire slaughter of Armenians living in its territory.
Aznavour is sometimes described as Frank Sinatra of France, as his songs are mainly about love and gentle feelings. The breakthrough in his career came when Edith Piaf heard him sing and arranged to take him on tour to France and the United States with her.
Charles Aznavour is like the godfather of Armenia and has done so much for his motherland and nation: he constantly visits the country on special celebrations and occasions, he does lots of charity and organizes concerts from time to time.
Absolutely every single Armenian, living in Armenia or abroad, knows Charles and proudly announces that Charles Aznavour is Armenian.
Armenian Celebrities #10: Inga and Anush Arshakyans
Inga and Anush Arshakyansk, aka Arshakyan sisters are Armenian folk-singing duo. These two ladies have brought some fresh air into Armenian folk music.
They take national, folk songs and give modern touch to it, mixing it with various genres of music, such as rock or pop. Their appearance and style always reminds the Armenian national costumes, as they try to correspond to their music style.
Arshakyan sisters are very famous in Armenia and so many people love them and their art. Anush and Inga are also known for representing Armenia in Eurovision Song Contest 2009 and finishing up with the 10th place in the final. These sisters still have so much more to offer and people always eagerly wait for their new hit to come out.
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