Eurovision may be a battle of songs, but usually the winner has one hell of a voice. And so do the acts that finish further down the scoreboard. This year France’s Lisa Angell dropped the power of the French chanson. Italy’s Il Volo turned three killer voices into one. And Russia’s Polina Gagarina sang-it-out like only a true diva can. Yet there was one lady who could shatter glass all over their heads with her fierce voice and precision. After counting 4,658 votes, we can now reveal that Latvia’s Aminata Savadogo has won the Vision Music Award 2015 for Best Live Vocals.
When delivering “Love Injected” Aminata balanced power with pitch perfect perfection. The professional jury, which ranked Latvia second behind Sweden, wasn’t alone in loving Miss Savadogo. Ahead of Eurovision, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — showered love all over “Love Injected” and its maestro. Here’s what one juror wrote ahead of Eurovision:
Aminata knows who she is and she ain’t changing for nobody. Rather than forcing herself to fit with Eurovision, she’s pushing the contest forward with her distinct, other-worldy sound. “Love Injected” showcases power and restraint in equal measure, and Aminata is so avant-garde she makes Margaret Berger seem pedestrian. The chorus explodes like a nuclear bomb, and her Amazon-inspired dance moves could disarm the most aggressive tribesman. Take note, Europe. A star is born
Best Live Vocals 2015
1. Aminata Savadogo 1,359 votes (29.18%)
2. Polina Gagarina 1,326 votes (28.47%)
3. Il Volo 1,045 votes (22.43%)
4. Guy Sebastian 393 votes (8.44%)
5. Lisa Angell 276 votes (5.93%)
6. Bojana Stamenov 259 votes (5.56%)
VISION MUSIC AWARDS 2015: THE NOMINEES
This award is just one of a dozen awards we have launched as part of the Vision Music Awards 2015 (VMAs). Our 13 categories—from best dressed to most most wronged at ESC—identify the contestants who left the biggest impression on Eurovision fans, regardless of whether they won the contest or not. You can watch the nominations video below. You can also read more about the awards here.