Dami Im and Sergey Lazarev may have just missed out on the Eurovision trophy, but at least they managed to scoop one of the coveted Marcel Bezençon awards, which were presented by Christer Björkman and Mia Rossling in a short ceremony before the Grand Final. So did Jamala, who’ll be leaving Stockholm with a much heavier bag today.
Out of the three awards up for grabs, Jamala took home the imaginatively named “Artist Award”, given to the favourite artist of the commentators from the 42 participating countries. Last year’s winner Måns was awarded the trophy too, so maybe we should give Graham Norton and his cynical predictions more credit?
Sergey snatched the “Press Award”, given to the Press Centre’s favourite entry. (You’re welcome.)
In case you’re wondering what these awards are all about, they were introduced by Christer Björkman *surprise surprise* in 2002. They’re named after the founding father of Eurovision itself Marcel Bezençon. congratulations to all of the winners!