Singer Duffy to Perform at Mobile World Congress

The GSMA announced Wednesday that Duffy, the Grammy and Brit Award-winning singer-songwriter behind the multi-platinum album “Rockferry” and new album “Endlessly”, is to perform at the Mobile World Congress Party and Awards Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 in Barcelona.

The Global Mobile Awards 2011 will be presented in a two-part ceremony, with the main body of awards presented as part of the Mobile World Congress conference programme on Tuesday afternoon, and with select awards including the “Best Mobile Device” and the “Global Mobile App Awards” being presented at the evening Congress Party and Awards Celebration. 

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Honouring excellence and innovation in mobile communications worldwide, the mobile industry’s leading annual awards also include categories for “Best Marketing and Advertising”, “Best Mobile Innovation”, “Best Mobile Enterprise Product or Solution”, “Best Technology”, the “Green Mobile Award”, “Best Mobile Contribution to Social and Economic Development”, the “Government Leadership Award” and the annual “Chairman’s Award” for outstanding contribution to the industry.

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Welsh singer-songwriter Duffy’s 2008 debut album “Rockferry” entered the UK Album Chart at number one and reached number one across Europe. It was the best-selling album in the United Kingdom in 2008 with 1.68 million copies sold, says GSMA.

The album was certified as platinum several times and sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide, spawning the hits “Mercy” and “Warwick Avenue”.  With “Mercy”, Duffy became the first Welsh female in 25 years to achieve the number-one position on the UK Singles Chart.

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n 2009, she won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album for “Rockferry” and she was nominated for two other Grammy awards. In 2009, she won three Brit Awards: British Breakthrough, Best Female Solo and Best British Album.

Duffy has just completed recording and released her second album “Endlessly” and made her acting debut in the film “Patagonia.”

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Entries for the 2011 Global Mobile Awards are now closed, and the shortlisted nominees will be announced this month (Jan. 2011). More information on the awards can be found at

Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.

They include handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations.

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