Conchita Wurst, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 and the world’s bearded lady du jour, bagged the inaugural Zurich Pride Unstoppable Award over the summer. Last night she took home some more hardware, this time from the publishers of the UK’s leading gay magazine Attitude in the “Moment of the Year” category. She received her award from celebrity chef Nigella Lawson at a star-studded ceremony in the glitzy Banqueting House in Whitehall, London.

Her victory at the contest, her appearance, as well as her strong stance on LGBT rights make Conchita a formidable winner of this year’s award. She’s certainly put in the miles supporting LGBT causes (and, admittedly, building her brand). She has been a popular choice at pride festivals all over Europe from Vienna to Amsterdam. In the UK alone, she headlined both Manchester and London Pride Festivals, and recently appeared at the Observer Ideas Festival. Even in places where she can’t visit because of obvious safety concerns, her message of universal love is being heard. In an interview with Attitude earlier in the year, she revealed that one of her proudest moments was topping the iTunes charts in Russia, despite the political backlash and negative media publicity she encountered in the country.

We at wiwibloggs wish her continued success in her crusade. We are unity, and we are unstoppable!

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Susanne Schoeberl
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Susanne Schoeberl

Producing good music takes time. Producing low quality crap only takes two weeks or so. What do you prefer? I really fear the answer. Why is everybody so impatient nowadays? What does it say about our society, when people aren’t prepared to wait for something good anymore? Yes, she was on lots of red carpets and travelled the whole continent with her message. She gave lots of interviews and press conferences and sang in so many places. No to forget Gaultier and Lagerfeld and Brussels, …. Wherever she goes, people love her. Others spend their time producing an album and… Read more »

Alex
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Alex

I guess patience is necessary, then, eh? We’ll see what Conchita has to offer musically after some time, and the same goes for Vienna’s edition of the ESC next year.

Charles
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Charles

@Alex: I want to agree with you as far as the “one year undoing” the changes in ESC since 2009 … but Vienna and 2015 … I rather wait and see what’s to come musically, because if anything I’ve learned about Eurovision is that nothing can be taken for granted: not even great music ….God forbid the rubbish from pre-2009 years finds its way for a return … but you just never know. Like Loreen and Emmelie, I would like to see music undressed from second intentions, non-musical messages win again … because having a winner being talked all over… Read more »

Alex
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Alex

Conchita deserves the award. Stunning musical performance, and she wasn’t afraid to speak up either.

For people complaining about a pro-LGBT message (God forbid) or worried about ESC’s reputation or music, it’s not as though one year undoes the advances that have been made 2009-2013 (and saying that would be pretty mean to the songwriters of Rise Like a Phoenix, and ridiculous considering who finished 2nd-5th).

Charles
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Charles

But I’m glad Boy George acknowledged the talents of both Ella Henderson and Paloma Faith … see, the UK has some of the most brilliant singers and performers in the present time leaving their stamp in the music industry worldwide … after Amy (RIP) it has been non-stop and I’m proud of that … we needed MUSIC to be out there in the open … instead, we have messages and characters winning the Eurovision … a platform still with huge lack of music credibility … and it will remain so if none is seriously taken into account from a music… Read more »

beccaboo1212
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I freakin’ HATE Conchita! I’ll RUIN him or her or whatever!

Charles
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Charles

Predictable and not surprising! Next?

Kseniya
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” Even in places where she can’t visit because of obvious safety concerns, her message of universal love is being heard.”

Yes, we’ve heard! Conchita, Russia loves you inspite of our goverment and some stupid celebrities and ordinary people. We love you, I love you – forever and always!

Jak
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Jak

I love conchita but itunes sales in Russia are virtually zero – about 35 copies can get you to number 1 it’s not an achievement!

Fatima
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Fatima

Hang on Rob, if you are an icon, by definition you are not forgotten

LEAPerce
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LEAPerce

Love Conchita so much, so pleased she won this! However, not loving the haters that are boyf to pour in on this comments section, and already have >:(

Jamaraqueer
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Jamaraqueer

Yes Conchita!!

Rob
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Rob

Conchita Wurst is not special not a music artist just a pride icon. A one hit wonder forgotten soon …

beccaboo1212
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHYYYYYYYYYYYY???

CarinaWinter
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CarinaWinter

Nice article, Deban.
Conchita is an outstanding artist – beautiful, talented and charming.
Remembering your nice interview before ESC-victory 😉