All the celebrities spotted at the Joy Awards 2023 in Riyadh

A glitzy event…

The Joy Awards – part of Riyadh Season – is hosted by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and organised in partnership with MBC Group. It is billed as the Middle East’s largest ceremony to recognise and honour Arab artists, celebrities, and social media personalities for their achievements.

Taking place at the Bakr Al-Sheddi Theatre in Boulevard Riyadh City last night (Saturday January 21), the third edition of the event brought together popular faces from across the entertainment industry. It was also an occasion for celebrities to bring their fashion A-game, pulling out all the stops on the lavender carpet.

Here are some of the stars whom we’ve spotted…

Esther Acebo

Actress Esther Acebo, better known as ‘Stockholm’ for her part in the Spanish hit crime drama show, “Money Heist”, showed up at the Joy Awards, looking stunning in a modest black dress.

Georgina Rodriguez

Netflix star and model Georgina Rodriguez, who now calls Saudi Arabia home after her partner Cristiano Ronaldo signed a record-breaking deal with Saudi football team Al-Nassr, turned heads at the event, showing off a form-fitting gown complete with a veil.

Sofia Vergara


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Amongst the well-heeled crowd at the Joy Awards was US-Colombian actress Sofia Vergara who was honoured as Personality of the Year. The “Modern Family” superstar was also spotted at the King Fahd International Stadium, together with her son Manolo Gonzalez Vergara and niece Claudia Vergara, for the Riyadh Season Cup – Riyadh All-Star XI vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) match.

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan received the Life Achievement Award at the Joy Awards in Riyadh. He was also invited as the guest of honour at the Riyadh All-Star XI vs PSG match, greeting football legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Michael Bay

The Hollywood director also received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the eventful event.

Mel Gibson

Director and actor Mel Gibson was also spotted attending the Joy Awards in Riyadh.

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