Fairuz is worshiped by millions worldwide. She is revered, almost as holy, in so many circles and is routinely received by kings, presidents, and illustrious dignitaries. Unlike any other artist, Fairuz holds the key to almost every city where she has performed, given to her as a symbolic gesture of appreciation and recognition. Though she never sang in the holy city, the key to Jerusalem presented to her during a private visit with her father is among her most prized possessions.

In recognizing Fairuz, which means “gem”, American poet Andrew Oerke says this of heaven’s gift to humanity:

“The land of the prophets formed a river in
your throat. You cannot help it, you were
found in a church. Fairuz, you are a cloud,
I know for I have floated in your song.
I could see the rain, at first I thought it was
tears, but it was thirst creating its own answer
in a mist of hope for the land you sing.
Your secret is that the moon constantly
melts and reconstitutes in your voice.
Your secret is the Source that populates
you with the spirit of the people.
Your curtains dance with the wind through
the flutes whose drapes are woven from
grass and under the trudge of Jesus’ feet,
and you sleep well on angels’ hair.”


1998 - Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur
Awarded by President Jacque Chirac, France
  - Highest Distinction
Awarded by King Hussein, Jordan
1997 - Highest Artistic Distinction
Awarded by President Bin Ali, Tunisia
  - Jerusalem Award
Awarded by the Culture and Arts Committee, Jerusalem
1988 - Commandant des Arts et des Lettres
Awarded by President Francois Mitterrand, France
1975 - Gold Medal of Honor
Awarded by King Hussein, Jordan
1970 - Legion of Honor
Awarded by President Suleiman Frangieh, Lebanon
1969 - Memorial Lebanese Stamp
Issued by the Lebanese Government, Lebanon
1968 - Key of the Holy City
Awarded by Cultural Committee, Jerusalem
1967 - Order of Merit, First Class
Awarded by President Nureddine al-Attassi, Syria
1963 - Medal of Honor
Awarded by King Hussein, Jordan
  - Order of Cedars
Awarded by President Fouad Chehab, Lebanon
1962 - Order of Merit
Awarded by President Fouad Chehab, Lebanon
1957 - Cavalier Order Medal of Honor
Awarded by President Camille Chamoun, Lebanon
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