Leona Lewis to perform at ball

The British singer is to feature at the charity ball in the Yas Hotel on the day before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

British singer Leona Lewis performsduring the MTV Europe Music Awards 2009 for the "Best Group" at the O2 Arena in Berlin on November 5, 2009. It was the second time that the MTV awards were held in Berlin -- part of efforts by the music industry to jump on the back of the Wall anniversary to boost flagging sales. AFP PHOTO DDP / POOL/ RAINER JENSEN  GERMANY OUT

ABU DHABI // Leona Lewis, one of the world's biggest selling singers, is the latest act to be confirmed for a performance in the capital over F1 weekend.

Lewis, who rose to fame when she won the UK television singing contest The X Factor in 2006, will sing at the Ball at the Yas Hotel on Saturday November 13.

Lewis made it into the history books in 2008 when she became the first British artist to reach No 1 in the American album charts with a debut album.

Spirit, including the hit singles Bleeding Love and Better In Time, sold 2.8 million copies and was the third highest selling album in the world that year.

Lewis agreed to come to the capital because she is a public supporter of the Naked Heart Foundation, which the fund raising ball is in aid of this year. The charity was set up by the supermodel Natalia Vodianova, and provides safe environments for children living in underprivileged urban areas of Russia.

Ms Vodianova said: "Leona has shown such incredible generosity to our work at Naked Heart Foundation. She is a perfect example of a woman's beauty being nothing compared to the beauty of her soul, and her voice is a magnet that brings the best out in people. When she sings, she lights up the room."

The ball, which is being organised by Flash Entertainment and Global Event Management Events, will also feature guest appearances from Sarah McLachlan and Sophie Ellis Bextor.

Tables of 10 can be purchased for Dh25,000 from GEM Global Event Management.

For more information, contact Kristina Hall, Kristina@geventm.com, +971 4 444 0742.

This article has been altered to clarify the Ball at Yas Hotel is not the F1 Ball as originally published.