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 .
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.
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?