Google 'Doodle' Honours Pakistani Pop Star Nazia Hassan

Go to Google on Tuesday and you’ll see a long-haired woman holding a microphone.

The search engine is using its “doodle” to honour Pakistani singer Nazia Hassan on what would have been her 53rd birthday.

“When young Pakistani girls in the 1980s closed their eyes and clutched a pretend mic in their hands, swaying and singing, a major inspiration was Nazia Hassan,” Google said, in a statement.

“Hassan, sometimes referred to as the ‘Princess of Pop’, was a sensation the likes of which hadn’t been seen in the region in years. Young and graceful, with long flowing hair, she charmed the country by belting out favourite songs … alongside her brother Zoheb.”

In addition to her music career, Hassan was a lawyer and advocate for social justice. She died of lung cancer in London in 2000 at the age of 35.

In January, the Google doodle paid tribute to Taiwanese pop singer Teresa Teng. The company has previously honoured a number of singers, including the late Selena and Ella Fitzgerald.