God bless Marcel Bezençon—the man who conceived the idea for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1955. Sixty years later the contest is bigger and better than ever, and with enough confetti to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool.

Since 2002 Eurovision has honoured Monsieur Bezençon’s memory with the eponymous Marcel Bezençon Awards, which are divided into the Press Award, the Artistic Award and the Composer Award. In 2014 Conchita and The Common Linnets won these awards, but in 2015 three different acts each took home a trophy.

Artistic Award 2015

Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw has taken the contest to Sweden again with his song “Heroes”. Hopefully he had some extra room in his suitcase, as he also earned the Artistic Award, which is chosen by the commentators in the more than 40 countries where the show is broadcast. The art extended beyond the animation and projection screen: From Måns’ delivery to his dishy moves, this oozed artistry from head to toe .

Press Award

Italy’s Il Volo won the televote at Eurovision 2015 — and they also won the Press Award, which is determined by the accredited media and press who cover Eurovision. Their song “Grande Amore” had major international appeal. It also won the OGAE international fan poll. They may not have won over the juries, but they certainly have won over huge swathes of the Eurovision community.

Composer Award

You may think that Russia, who also finished in the Top3, would have won the third award. But no. The composers fielding songs at this year’s contest decided to award the Composer Award went to Norway’s Mørland & Debrah Scarlett for their song “A Monster Like Me.” We can’t disagree. Here’s how one of our reviewers described it ahead of Eurovision: “Mørland may have done something terrible in his youth, but after this masterpiece I’m sure all of Europe will forgive him. His voice oozes soul and fragility. Debrah’s drips with sex and attitude. Together they burn hot like the pain his character still feels all these years later. In a competition of screaming divas and over-the-top theatrics, “A Monster Like Me” draws power from its simplicity. Melodious and moving, it still gives me chills at 2:30 — and I’ve had it on loop.”

Do you agree with the composers, commentators and the press? Who are your personal favourites?

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Bee
Bee
5 years ago

Norway absolutely deserved it! So did Italy. Sweden not so much, but hey, the commentaters are often easily entertained people.

ESC 4ever
ESC 4ever
5 years ago

I think that the artistic award Goes to Belgium! Because Loic made the performance (half by his own) . And the song is also really creative! But mans also deserved. But Loic performance was more creative than Mans.

Vicente
Vicente
5 years ago

The Composer goes to Norway, it’s very clever. The song is so good to be true, AMLM is totally different in ESC2015, while in my opinion I think Norway, Cyprus, Ireland or Montenegro all have a chance to earn that prize. Since Norway is one of my favorites of the lyrics and its music style, I’m pretty satisfied with the result 🙂

João Teles
João Teles
5 years ago

excuse me but i can understand the award to Sweden & taly but Norway? That song is not original at all, it has been done billions of times before, the composition is the most unnoriginal i’ve ever seen this year on ESC, a typical male-femalde duo with a male singer with an extremely annoying voice and a female singer with an actual good voice singing about the most overused them in the history of popular music a.k.a. love and regret and with that typicla composition of slow start, classical breakdown and overused over the top climax, i’m actually surprised how… Read more »

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

So, when are the fan awards announced, like, for example, the Barbara Dex? 🙂

bavarson
bavarson
5 years ago

Generally top 3 have two good entries from Sweden and Russia and one strongly overrated crap from Italy.

Eurofan
Eurofan
5 years ago

One last thing, I prefer to finish 21st and that everybody thinks you should have finished much higher… rather than finish 1st and that everybody thinks you have copied your show and song
Dont forget this!! 😉

Eurofan
Eurofan
5 years ago

Could we create a new prize called David Guetta Awards, and give the PERFOMANCE award and the SONG award to…..YES!!!! SWEDEN!!!!
Can someone believe that the juries gave the SIXTH position to Italy???
I have the feeling everything was written before happened, you know 😉
Something smells really really bad.

Eurofan
Eurofan
5 years ago

In all honesty, Spain deserved all the prizes LOL

Otna
Otna
5 years ago

Morland deserves that Composer Award 100%! I love seeing an artist write their own song and he wrote a true masterpiece <3

Selbi
Selbi
5 years ago

Even Il volo didn’t won the Eurovision , they won the best prize-people’s choice! I think this the most important thing for the artists, there are a lot artists who won eurovosion but they are not famous at all, nobody know them, like Alexander Rybak, Emeli de Forest e t.c AndI Il volo even at the moment are artists who famous in America , in Latin America, China, Central Asia, all over the world actually. And they always said that Eurovision is needed TO REGAIN the public in Europe. So it’s pretty obvious who won Italy or Sweden , if… Read more »

ESCaddict
ESCaddict
5 years ago

Sweden won the artistic award for the projection & his “dishy” moves? We better keep this award secret. How embarrassing.

John
John
5 years ago

I think Cyprus should’ve won the composer award, other two were great choices.

Mario My Vision of Gay Love
Mario My Vision of Gay Love
5 years ago

Really GreAtY choices all of the 3..