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Marcel Bezençon Awards

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia honoring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (member of the Herreys, Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon.[1] The awards are divided into 3 categories:

  • Press Award - Given to the best entry as voted on by the accredited media and press during the event.
  • Artistic Award - Presented to the best artist as voted on by the commentators (2010 until presently). Until 2009 as voted by previous winners
  • Composer Award - A jury consisting of the participating composers vote for the best and most original composition.

In 2008, a special award was presented, the Poplight Fan Award, as voted by fans on the Swedish website poplight.se and presented to their favourite debuting artist (under age 25).[1][2]

In 2010 the Eurovision Song Contest added a new category, the commentator's vote. Previously, this category was awarded by the former winners, but logistical problems has made the organisers change the basis of the vote. It has been too difficult to get hold of past winners, and some of them don't watch the contest. On the other hand, the commentators follow the rehearsals intensely and are regarded as a more reliable group for the voting. The commentators vote for the "Artistic Awards."[3]

Although sanctioned by Eurovision Song Contest, the awards are not presented during the final event broadcast, rather they are handed out during the official contest after party. In 2009, however, the trophies were awarded prior to the event final.

Sweden's Melodifestivalen and Hungary's A Dal also present the awards during their own competition proper.

Winners

Press Award

Year Country Song Performer Final Points Host city
2002  France "Il faut du temps" Sandrine François 5 104 Estonia Tallinn
2003  Turkey "Everyway That I Can" Sertab Erener 1 167 Latvia Riga
2004  Serbia and Montenegro "Lane moje" (Лане моје) Željko Joksimović 2 263 Turkey Istanbul
2005  Malta "Angel" Chiara 2 192 Ukraine Kiev
2006  Finland "Hard Rock Hallelujah" Lordi 1 292 Greece Athens
2007  Ukraine "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (Dancing Лаша Тумбай) Verka Serduchka 2 235 Finland Helsinki
2008  Portugal "Senhora do mar (Negras águas)" Vânia Fernandes 13 69 Serbia Belgrade
2009  Norway[4] "Fairytale" Alexander Rybak 1 387 Russia Moscow
2010  Israel[5] "Milim" (מילים) Harel Skaat 14 71 Norway Oslo
2011  Finland[6] "Da Da Dam" Paradise Oskar 21 57 Germany Düsseldorf
2012  Azerbaijan "When the Music Dies" Sabina Babayeva 4 150 Azerbaijan Baku
2013  Georgia "Waterfall" Nodi and Sophie 15 50 Sweden Malmö
2014  Austria "Rise Like a Phoenix" Conchita Wurst 1 290 Denmark Copenhagen
2015  Italy "Grande amore" Il Volo 3 292 Austria Vienna
2016  Russia "You Are the Only One" Sergey Lazarev 3 491 Sweden Stockholm
2017  Italy "Occidentali's Karma" Francesco Gabbani 6 334 Ukraine Kiev
2018  France "Mercy" Madame Monsieur 13 173 Portugal Lisbon
2019  Netherlands "Arcade" Duncan Laurence 1 498 Israel Tel Aviv

Artistic Award

Voted by previous winners

Year Country Performer Song Final Points Host city
2002  Sweden Afro-dite "Never Let It Go" 8 72 Estonia Tallinn
2003  Netherlands Esther Hart "One More Night" 13 45 Latvia Riga
2004  Ukraine Ruslana "Wild Dances" 1 280 Turkey Istanbul
2005  Greece Helena Paparizou "My Number One" 1 230 Ukraine Kiev
2006  Sweden Carola "Invincible" 5 170 Greece Athens
2007  Serbia Marija Šerifović "Molitva" (Молитва) 1 268 Finland Helsinki
2008  Ukraine Ani Lorak "Shady Lady" 2 230 Serbia Belgrade
2009  France[4] Patricia Kaas "Et s'il fallait le faire" 8 107 Russia Moscow

Voted by commentators

Since 2010, the show commentators have replaced the previous winners as the selection jury for the winners.

Year Country Performer Song Final Points Host city
2010  Israel[5] Harel Skaat "Milim" (מילים) 14 71 Norway Oslo
2011  Ireland[6] Jedward "Lipstick" 8 119 Germany Düsseldorf
2012  Sweden Loreen "Euphoria" 1 372 Azerbaijan Baku
2013  Azerbaijan Farid Mammadov "Hold Me" 2 234 Sweden Malmö
2014  Netherlands The Common Linnets "Calm After the Storm" 2 238 Denmark Copenhagen
2015  Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" 1 365 Austria Vienna
2016  Ukraine Jamala "1944" 1 534 Sweden Stockholm
2017  Portugal Salvador Sobral "Amar pelos dois" 1 758 Ukraine Kiev
2018  Cyprus Eleni Foureira "Fuego" 2 436 Portugal Lisbon
2019  Australia Kate Miller-Heidke "Zero Gravity" 9 285 Israel Tel Aviv

Composer Award winners

This award was first presented in 2004, replacing the Fan Award.

Year Country Song Composer(s)
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
Performer Final Points Host city
2004  Cyprus "Stronger Every Minute" Mike Konnaris (m & l) Lisa Andreas 5 170 Turkey Istanbul
2005  Serbia and Montenegro "Zauvijek moja" Slaven Knezović (m) and Milan Perić (l) No Name 7 137 Ukraine Kiev
2006  Bosnia and Herzegovina "Lejla" Željko Joksimović (m), Fahrudin Pecikoza (l) and Dejan Ivanović (l) Hari Mata Hari 3 229 Greece Athens
2007  Hungary "Unsubstantial Blues" Magdi Rúzsa (m) and Imre Mózsik (l) Magdi Rúzsa 9 128 Finland Helsinki
2008  Romania "Pe-o margine de lume" Andrei Tudor (m), Andreea Andrei (l) and Adina Șuteu (l) Nico & Vlad 20 45 Serbia Belgrade
2009  Bosnia and Herzegovina[4] "Bistra voda" Aleksandar Čović (m & l) Regina 9 106 Russia Moscow
2010  Israel[5] "Milim" (מילים) Tomer Hadadi (m) and Noam Horev (l) Harel Skaat 14 71 Norway Oslo
2011  France[6] "Sognu" Daniel Moyne (m), Quentin Bachelet (m) and Jean-Pierre Marcellesi (l), Julie Miller (l) Amaury Vassili 15 82 Germany Düsseldorf
2012  Sweden "Euphoria" Thomas G:son (m & l) and Peter Boström (m & l) Loreen 1 372 Azerbaijan Baku
2013  Sweden "You" Robin Stjernberg (m & l), Linnea Deb (m & l),
Joy Deb (m & l) and Joakim Harestad Haukaas (m & l)
Robin Stjernberg 14 62 Sweden Malmö
2014  Netherlands "Calm After the Storm" Ilse DeLange (m & l), JB Meijers (m & l), Rob Crosby (m & l),
Matthew Crosby (m & l) and Jake Etheridge (m & l)
The Common Linnets 2 238 Denmark Copenhagen
2015  Norway "A Monster Like Me" Kjetil Mørland (m & l) Mørland & Debrah Scarlett 8 102 Austria Vienna
2016  Australia "Sound of Silence" Anthony Egizii (m & l), David Musumeci (m & l) Dami Im 2 511 Sweden Stockholm
2017  Portugal "Amar pelos dois" Luisa Sobral (m & l) Salvador Sobral 1 758 Ukraine Kiev
2018  Bulgaria "Bones" Borislav Milanov (m & l), Trey Campbell (m & l),
Joacim Persson (m & l) and Dag Lundberg (m & l)
Equinox 14 166 Portugal Lisbon
2019  Italy "Soldi" Charlie Charles (m & l), Dario "Dardust" Faini (m & l), and Alessandro Mahmoud (m & l) Mahmood 2 472 Israel Tel Aviv

Fan Award

The Fan Award was handed out in 2002 & 2003, and voted on by the members of OGAE, the Eurovision international fan club. It was discontinued and replaced by the Composer Award in 2004.

In 2008, a special award, called the Poplight Fan Award, was introduced and was voted on by ESC fans (see above). It has not been awarded since then.

Year Country Performer Song Final
Result
Points Host city
2002  Finland Laura Voutilainen "Addicted to You" 20 24 Estonia Tallinn
2003  Spain Beth "Dime" 8 81 Latvia Riga
2008  Armenia Sirusho "Qélé, Qélé" (Քելե Քելե) 4 199 Serbia Belgrade

Melodifestivalen winners

Since 2005 Sveriges Television (SVT) has awarded Marcel Bezençon Awards during its national selection Melodifestivalen. These awards follow the same format as that for the Eurovision awards, with awards given to songs that competed in the final of the contest. Songs that won the Eurovision Song Contest are indicated in bold.[7][8]

Press Award

Year Performer Song Final Points
2005 Shirley Clamp "Att älska dig" 4 130
2006 BWO "Temple of Love" 2 202
2007 Sonja Aldén "För att du finns" 6 62
2008 Sanna Nielsen "Empty Room" 2 206
2009 Caroline af Ugglas "Snälla snälla" 2 171
2010 Anna Bergendahl "This Is My Life" 1 214
2011 Eric Saade "Popular" 1 193
2012[9] Loreen "Euphoria" 1 268
2013[10] YOHIO "Heartbreak Hotel" 2 133
2014[11] Sanna Nielsen "Undo" 1 212
2015[12] Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" 1 288

Artistic Award

Year Performer Song Final Points
2005 Nanne Grönvall "Håll om mig" 2 209
2006 Carola "Evighet" 1 234
2007 Sonja Aldén "För att du finns" 6 62
2008 BWO "Lay Your Love on Me" 3 158
2009 Sarah Dawn Finer "Moving On" 6 87
2010 Eric Saade "Manboy" 3 155
2011 Danny Saucedo "In the Club" 2 149
2012[9] Loreen "Euphoria" 1 268
2013[10] YOHIO "Heartbreak Hotel" 2 133
2014[11] Ace Wilder "Busy Doin' Nothin" 2 210
2015[12] Isa Tengblad "Don't Stop" 7 56

Composer Award

Year Song Composer(s) Performer Final Points
2005 "A Different Kind of Love" Joacim Dubbelman, Martin Landh, Sam McCarthy Caroline Wennergren 5 116
2006 "Sing for Me" Andreas Johnson, Peter Kvint Andreas Johnson 3 200
2007 "I Remember Love" Peter Hallström, Sarah Dawn Finer Sarah Dawn Finer 4 122
2008 "Empty Room" Bobby Ljunggren, Aleena Gibson Sanna Nielsen 2 206
2009 "You're My World" Emilia Rydberg, Fredrik "Figge" Boström Emilia 9 28
2010 "Keep on Walking" Salem Al Fakir Salem Al Fakir 2 183
2011 "Leaving Home" Jojo Borg Larsson, Nicke Borg, Fredrik Thomander, Anders "Gary" Wikström Nicke Borg 8 57
2012[9] "Why Start a Fire" Lisa Miskovsky, Aleksander With, Bernt Rune Stray, Berent Philip Moe Lisa Miskovsky 9 39
2013[10] "You" Robin Stjernberg, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas Robin Stjernberg 1 166
2014[11] "Undo" Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Hamed "K-One" Pirouzpanah Sanna Nielsen 1 212
2015[12] "Don't Stop Believing" Miss Li, Sonny Gustafsson Mariette Hansson 3 102

Fan Award

As with for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest a fan award was also given out for the 2008 Melodifestivalen.

Year Performer Song Final Points
2008 Amy Diamond "Thank You" 8 36

Notes

  1. ^ a b "Marcel Bezençon Award - an introduction". Poplight. Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  2. ^ Viniker, Barry (2008-03-11). "Marcel Bezençon Award for fans". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  3. ^ [www.eurovision.tv]
  4. ^ a b c Klier, Marcus (2009-05-18). "The Eurovision 2009 Marcel Bezençon Awards". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  5. ^ a b c Klier, Marcus (2010-05-30). "Israeli grand slam in the Marcel Bezençon Awards". EurovisionTV. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  6. ^ a b c Roxburgh, Gordon (2011-03-16). "Winners of the Marcel Bezençon Awards". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Vinnare av Marcel Bezencon Award 2009" (in Swedish). SVT. Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  8. ^ "Melodifestivalen 2011: Eric Saade, Danny och Nicke Borg vann Marcel Bezençon Award". poplight.zitiz.se (in Swedish). 2011-03-13. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  9. ^ a b c Bokholm, Mirja (2012-03-12). "Loreen och Lisa Miskovsky vinnare i Marcel Bezençon Award 2012". Sveriges Television. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  10. ^ a b c Dahlander, Gustav (2013-03-13). "YOHIO och Robin Stjernberg prisades i Marcel Bezençon Award 2013". Sveriges Television. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  11. ^ a b c Bokholm, Mirja (2012-04-29). "Ace Wilder och Sanna Nielsen prisade i Marcel Bezençon Award 2014". Sveriges Television. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  12. ^ a b c Källman, Pär (2015-03-14). "Måns, Isa, Miss Li och Sonny Gustafsson vann Marcel Bezençon 2015". Sveriges Television. Retrieved 25 May 2015.

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