Belgium: Blanche, Loïc Nottet and Laura Tesoro nominated for the country’s top music awards

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It’s the country that won its only Eurovision crown in 1986. But after years of under performing, Belgium is fast becoming something of a song contest powerhouse.

And its artists continue to excel long after the final curtain call in May. The nation’s two biggest music award ceremonies are scheduled for January and Blanche (2017), Laura Tesoro (2016), and Loïc Nottet (2015) are all up for gongs.

The French language broadcaster RTBF announced the nominees for the D6bel Music awards on Monday, while Flemish broadcaster VRT revealed the Music Industry Awards (MIAs) shortlist earlier in December.

All three singers are nominated in multiple categories, although Blanche is the only one to receive nominations from both events.

Music Industry Awards (Flanders)

Blanche is nominated in the following categories:

  • Public vote:
    • Breakthrough
    • Hit of the Year (for “City Lights”)

Laura Tesoro is nominated in the following categories:

  • Public vote:
    • Best Pop
    • Best Solo Female

D6Bels Music Awards (Wallonia and Brussels)

Loïc Nottet is nominated in the following categories:

  • Public vote:
    • Best Solo Male
    • Best Pop
    • Biggest Hit (for “Million Eyes”)
  • Music industry vote:
    • Best Concert
    • Best Clip

Blanche is nominated in the following categories:

  • Public vote:
    • Best Pop
    • Biggest Hit (for “City Lights”)
  • Music industry vote:
    • Biggest Revelation.

It’s exciting times for the trio. We’ll find out in the new year if they take home one (or more) gongs.

The winners of the D6bels — pronounced Decibels — will be announced by RTBF on Friday 26 January 2018. Shortly after that we will also discover the MIA victors — VRT will reveal them on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

However, all three may struggle to find space to store their prizes. Laura and Loïc both won industry awards last year. While in November Loïc picked up a MTV Europe Music Award. In the same month, Blanche took home a European Border Break Award. Can their trophy cabinets hold any more silverware?

What do you think? Which prize would you like to see to go to Blanche, Loïc and Laura? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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