Following Eurovision 2013, the team from wiwibloggs wanted to keep the Eurovision love going. So we launched the Valentina Monetta Awards (VMAs), which every year honor the Eurovision contestants who left the biggest impression on our blog team. One of the awards is the Rona Nishliu Award for Best Live Vocals, which is named after the Albanian songstress who placed fifth at Eurovision 2012. Rona delivered Suus with unrivalved emotion and somehow managed to stay in tune while working every inch of her expansive register.

Two years after we launched the prize, Albanian media have caught on. Journalists on Top Channel’s popular Top Show Magazine & Kohavision’s Oxygen recently asked Rona about the prize.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aV6QTPASyc

25:19-25:55 Here you can hear Rona and the TV presenters discussing the prize, which was won by Ukraine’s Zlata Ognevich in 2013 and Spain’s Ruth Lorenzo in 2014.

13:14-14:20 In this clip the host asks her about the award, and she explains that it honours the singers with the most impressive vocals at ESC. She also says that it comes from the most important Eurovision blog. Awwww, we love you too! Rona says she only learned about our award in March or April 2014. Rona remains modest about it all, even as the host suggests she return to ESC to win the award herself.

Photo: Besim Dina ©

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olaf
olaf
6 years ago

Rona returning to ESC is something I really would love to see xD

Maya G
Maya G
6 years ago

Rona was incredible but IMHO an award for best live vocals should be named after Edyta Gorniak, 20 years after her performance she is still cream of the crop.