Greece’s number one pop singer, Helena Paparizou, performed at the 2013 Gabby Awards in Hollywood. Helena was an integral part of the awards show, taken place at the historic El Capitan Theater and then dazzle audiences at the after party at Paramount Picture Studios where she performed two songs originally performed by Melina Merkouri for the 1000+ VIP guests that gathered from throughout the United States, Canada and the world to celebrate “Greek America’s Best and Brightest Stars.”

The Gabby Awards were created to celebrate those Greek North Americans who strive to be the very best at what they do. Whether in business, philanthropy, the arts, education or other areas of interest that our awards cover, we celebrate the pursuit excellence as a core Greek ideal and are inspired by people who pursue excellence.

The name “Gabby” comes from the acronym “Greek America’s Best and Brightest Stars” and the Gabby has quickly become the top achievement awards for Greek North Americans. The awards are based on a purely meritocratic system that involves a 100-member Academy that determines the nominees, followed by a popular vote via the internet.

Founded in 2009 with a gala event in Chicago and hosted every two years– the Gabby Awards have become North America’s premiere weekend celebration for Americans and Canadians of Greek descent. In 2011, the awards ceremony took place at Ellis Island, in the very location where 12 million immigrants passed through on their way to becoming U.S. citizens.