Before and during Eurovision 2016, we all had the privilege of getting to know 43 acts from around the continent. Over the course of several months, these artists did their best to grab headlines and shine at promotional events at home and abroad, with many snaking through the big five pre-party events in Riga, Moscow, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and LondonNow that the race is over and the winner has been decided, some will become household names. Others will disappear into the pop music ether.

Of course, you don’t have to win Eurovision to make a lasting impression. In honour of all those singers who left a mark (for better or worse), the team at wiwibloggs is pleased to stage our fourth edition of the Vision Music Awards (VMAs). It’s time for us to add few more seconds to the acts’ 15 minutes.

In recent weeks we have shortlisted candidates for 13 awards — from best dressed to best live vocals — based on their performances and our interactions with them in Stockholm. But it’s up to you to decide the winner for 10 of the 13 categories. Read on to see the finalists for each of our awards, and then cast your vote. The jury will decide the winner for three of the categories based on our chats with them ahead of Stockholm and during the contest itself.

You can vote for as many contestants in each poll as you would like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to click the name next to each contestant you want to support. We will be hiding the results until it is time to announce the winner to prevent potential manipulation of the results. The polls close on September 1. It’s up to you, Europe. Start voting now!

We strongly advise you to watch the above video to make the most of the suspense and drama of this process before proceeding to the polls. 

Most Likely to Succeed Commercially

Everyone knows that ABBA and Celine Dion used their Eurovision victories as a springboard to global success. But even acts who didn’t win have managed to make a commercial impact. Britain’s Gina G only finished eighth at Eurovision in 1996. But her song “Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit” went on to conquer the charts worldwide. This award honours the contestant who is most likely to make it big — or at least cash some checks — when Eurovision 2016 is long forgotten.

Previous winners:

2013: Norway’s Margaret Berger

2014: The Netherlands’ Common Linnets

2015: Belgium’s Loïc Nottet

See the 2016 results now!

Most Wronged

Sometimes the results just don’t make sense. These contestants were either wronged by the jury, the televoters or both. We all remember the travesty that was Kate Ryan failing to make the Grand Final in 2006. For all you Eurovision experts, we needn’t explain anything else.

Previous winners:

2013: Romania’s Cezar Ouatu

2014: Israel’s Mei Finegold

2015: Italy’s Il Volo

Most Improved

The road to Eurovision is long and bumpy, and it doesn’t always start out with a strong song—or the ability to sing said song. For instance, when Yohanna first won the Icelandic national selection back in 2009, we thought she was gonna flop. Then she put on that blue dress, hired some back-up singers, and wowed us all the way to second place. The following contestants each demonstrated major improvement from their pre-Eurovision reveal to the actual contest. When casting your vote consider how far they’ve come—and where they finished.

Previous winners:

2013: San Marino’s Valentina Monetta

2014: Ukraine’s Mariya Yaremchuk

2015: Georgia’s Nina Sublatti

Best Dressed

This award recognises the contestant who most turned Eurovision into a runway. For instance, Sabina Babayeva wowed us at Eurovision 2012 with her technologically advanced stage dress, but also with the stunning creations she wore at press conferences, promotional events, and when hobnobbing with stars at EuroClub. From on-stage glamour to off-stage elegance, the following performers know that fashion has a place in every setting.

Previous winners:

2013: Romania’s Cezar Ouatu

2014: Ukraine’s Mariya Yaremchuk

2015: Russia’s Polina Gagarina

Best Live Vocals

In 2012 the city of Baku almost had to bring a lawsuit against Rona Nishliu: This dreadlocked diva risked public safety with her pitch-perfect high notes that could have shattered the Crystal Hall Arena! In the years that have followed, other vocalists have given her a run for her money. This year featured a number of talented singers, but only one can win the title.

Previous winners:

2013: Ukraine’s Zlata Ognevich

2014: Spain’s Ruth Lorenzo

2015: Latvia’s Aminata Savadogo

Most Memorable Staging

This award honours the contestants who took the biggest risks on stage, creating memorable—if sometimes divisive—performances. Before casting your vote, consider the creativity and originality of each performance.

Previous winners:

2013: Romania’s Cezar Ouatu

2014: Poland’s Donatan & Cleo

2015: Belgium’s Loïc Nottet

Biggest Surprise

In 2011 we almost shat ourselves as we watched the nations announce their points — we would never have thought scruffy jazz singer Raphael Gualazzi would have wowed the jury and televoters to a second place finish. This award is dedicated to the men and women who teach us never to count anyone out in Eurovision-land. Who surprised you the most in 2016?

Previous winners:

2013: Malta’s Gianluca Bezzina

2014: The Netherlands’ Common Linnets

2015: Belgium’s Loïc Nottet

Worst Live Vocals

From Ivi Adamou to Can-Linn, Eurovision features some amazing digitally re-mastered artists. This award singles out the contestant who could most use a bit of Auto Tune. Consult their live performances before voting and try not to focus on the backing.

Previous winners:

2013: Germany’s Cascada

2014: Ireland’s Can-Linn

2015: Finland’s PKN

Cruise Ship Award

In 2008 a group took to the stage literally dressed as Pirates of the Sea. The following five artists didn’t dress the part, but there’s a good chance they will be more appreciated at sea than on stage. This award honours the contestant who could have a successful run entertaining passengers stuck on large boats for weeks at a time. This is not shade. It’s just just a career suggestion.

Previous winners:

2013: Slovenia’s Hannah Mancini

2014: Belgium’s Axel Hirsoux

2015: UK’s Electro Velvet

Biggest Disappointment

In 2011 we were gossiping in the Press Centre about which French city would host Eurovision 2012. The betting agencies had put Amaury Vassili at incredibly low odds to win the whole thing…and then he finished 15th. This award honours the contestant whom we all thought would shine but instead flopped like no other. I mean, at least whoever wins this can say he/she won something, right?

Previous winners:

2013: Germany’s Cascada

2014: The UK’s Molly Smitten-Downes

2015: Spain’s Edurne

Miss/Mr Congeniality (Wiwi Jury to decide)

The Eurovision Song Contest was founded to bring Europe together following the carnage of World War II. This award honours the contestant whose press conferences and off-stage appearances did the most to honour the Eurovision tradition of peace and camraderie. Daria Kinzer flopped out in ESC 2011, but she stayed throughout the week and partied her claw-nail toes off until the wee hours of the morning with her hardcore fans. This award honours the contestants who, like Daria, embody the spirit of her song “Celebrate” — regardless of their result.

Nominees:

France’s Amir

Russia’s Sergey Lazarev

Albania’s Eneda Tarifa

San Marino’s Serhat

Bulgaria’s Poli Genova

Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Dean, Dalal, Ana Rucner and Jala

Serbia’s Sanja Vucic

Previous winners:

2013: Israel’s Moran Mazor

2014: Portugal’s Suzy Guerra

2015: Tamar Kaprelian

Least Bothered by the Results (Wiwi Jury to decide)

Eurovision is serious business, with over 100 million people tuning in to watch Europe’s largest televised entertainment event. And yet every year some contestants tune out all the pressure and just show up and do their thing. We salute those acts who don’t let the drama get them down and know they have worth regardless of the outcome.

Nominees:

Norway’s Agnete

The Netherlands’ Douwe Bob

Georgia’s Nika Kocharov and the Young Georgian Lolitaz

Denmark’s Lighthouse X

Cyprus’ Minus One

Previous winners:

2013: The Netherlands’ Anouk

2014: France’s Twin Twin

2015: Austria’s The Makemakes

The Dana International Award for LGBT Equality (Wiwi Jury to decide)

This award honors Dana International, the Israeli transgender singer who won Eurovision in 1998. Conservatives at home asked Israel to withdraw from the contest, but she stood her ground and sang for all oppressed people en route to victory. The Wiwi Jury awards this prize to the contestant who did the most for the many LGBT fans who follow Eurovision. Activism is risky business, but the winner knows that doing what’s right is more important than bowing to the haters.

Nominees:

Israel’s Hovi Star

Malta’s Ira Losco

Bulgaria’s Poli Genova

Spain’s Barei

Russia’s Sergey Lazarev

Previous winners:

2013: Finland’s Krista Siegfrids

2014: Austria’s Conchita Wurst

2015: Serbia’s Bojana Stamenov

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Kris
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Kris

I’d be pissed if samra doesn’t win worst vocals 😮

Ygritte
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Ygritte

When will the results be announced?

Jowita
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Voting complete. Why still no results?

Yole
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Yole

when announcing the results? thank you

Lizanolie
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Lizanolie

Amazing performanced and incredible voice , Dami im definitely won these categories. She totally slay the stage

Teta
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Teta

Give Iveta some awards, she deserves them. Why she isn’t a nominee for miss congeniality?

Elly
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Elly

The best vocals on the Eurovision Song Contest was Michal Szpak in the song Color Of Your Life. He showed emotion, which provide at each listening to this song 🙂

Charlotte
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Charlotte

Michal szpak numer one!!!

Matts
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Matts

Commercially Dami has already succeeded, within the space of 2 1/2 years she’s already Sold Multiple Platinum & Gold Certified Albums & Singles. Dami over the next 2-3 years will be dominating World Music & will be the Hottest in demand Artist for Major International Event bookings. John Cain (Sony Music New York City) is already planning & working behind the scenes to have Dami collaborate in USA, & a large portion of that collaboration involves promoting Dami to the North American market. Vocally, that’s a no brainier , just go back & watch the audience reactions after Dami’s performance,… Read more »

Lucyna Pieni??ek
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Lucyna Pieni??ek

Micha? Szpak – the best vocalist – beautiful !!!!!!!!!!

Eva
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Eva

Michal Szpak has amazing voice and he can sing everything.That is incredible.

John
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John

Color of your life the best ballada and michal szpak the best vicals

Anna
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Anna

Micha? Szpak the best

asz
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asz

Michal Szpak the most beautiful voice

nemesis
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nemesis

Micha? Szpak was awesome this year 😉

www.damiarmyworld.com
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There is no better Singer “Live” in the World, let alone Eurovision than Dami. Wherever she performs “Live” she literally brings the house down, combining a mixture of vocal Artistry to effortlessly & smoothly with pitch perfect highest power notes to exquisite angelic tones, he’s vocals are not only the most captivating but emotionally giving the listener Eargasms.

Stefan
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Stefan

Best Vocals- clearly Dami, she’s light years ahead of any other. Artist & that’s not just Eurovision, she made a mockery of JT’s performance. Dami’s SOS was the most successful Song in Eurovision in terms of ITunes sales & top 10 Charts across multiple European Countries , had the biggest, rowdiest & loudest applause from the 10k live Globen crowd & was the most popular & hailed as best vocals /Artist with Press/media gallery. Lastly , the Jury votes vindicates how brilliant she was vocally, smashing it with 120 point lead. The best Live vocalist/Singer the world has seen in… Read more »

Patrizia
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Michal Szpak of Poland was the biggest surprise of ESC 2016. I didn’t know him before ESC but since then I’m listening to Color of your Life and to his entire album again and again. Best live singer and performer, great vocal artist, great rock star!

Christine L
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Christine L

Everybody with good ears will vote for the handsome Michal Szpak of Poland. Best live, best looks, best appearance, you name it! And I am not Polish! 😛

The guy has the IT, X / whatever factor. Would love to see him live in a concert in North America one day.

Diana
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Diana

Michal Szpak is the best !!!

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Amir deserves Mr. Congeniality! The way he’s so friendly with both the artists and the media was just wonderful to see, and his smile just lights everyone up!

Ygraine
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Ygraine

Sergey Lazarev doesn’t quite fit the “Most likely to succeed commercially”. He aldeady is a successful artist with more than 10 years of solo career, four albums – and two of them got “golden” status. He performed at Olimpiysky, which is the biggest concert platform in Russia, and is currently on a big tour “The Best” that started before the Eurovision. (He mentioned that he was preparing something special for his show in Moskow on November 24 – I wonder what that might be. The repeat performance of his Eorovision number with all the climbing thing? I recall him saying… Read more »

Tom P
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Tom P

#JusticeForValentinaMonettaAwards

Eva
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Eva

Michal Starling man with the musical talent haryzma not know if there is someone who sings all the tones and can so enchanted the audience in front of him is a career swiatowa He was born in August of this

Rex Ayres
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Rex Ayres

Dami Imm was so natural and warm-hearted with her performance, an unexpected star.

El rosario de Raquel
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@ Polegend godgarina…you are homofobic?

Elle
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Elle

Mchal Szpak the best!!!!

Calum Macleod
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Calum Macleod

I would have put Ira losco instead on Jamie-Lee in the Most Wronged. She most certainly was wronged by the public and Jamie-Lee’s result was what I expected.

Margaret
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Margaret

@OR i agree <3 Hovi had one of the best voices, his performance was so beautiful and emotional. Hope Hovi will win also the Most Improved and Dana International Award.
For the Most Wronged should be Ovidiu Anton.

Ileana
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Ileana

Gabriela had the best vocals for sure! She was completely robbed, I’m still salty about it.

Tranamal
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Tranamal

Voting for Dami Im because she is one of the most beautiful, kind hearted soul. She has the best vocal, the least bother because she have no regret coming in second even though I strongly thought she got robbed of first place big time, so ya, she deserve most wrong title too. With her gorgeous dress, how can anyone deny her of best dressed crown? She already owned the stage as her Australian National tour with 38 dates (July 1 to December 10, 2016) are almost completely sold out already, so ya, Dami is already commercially succeed. So she win… Read more »

Bernard
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Bernard

Dami is the best singer

Lucy
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Lucy

How is Iveta not nominated in miss congeniality?!

Kaya
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Kaya

Best Live Vocals, Best Dressed and Biggest Surprise – Micha? Szpak! What a talented man and interesting personality!

Paul Buelens
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There should be no doubt that Dami Im had the best live vocals and is the most likely to succeed as she’s on a 38 concerts Australian Tour with most venues are already sold out and she has been receiving multiple standing ovations at every show. Dami also took some of the biggest risks on stage, with the glass bits on top of her box ripping her dress every time she came off, so deserves to win the Best staging. Dami should also have been nominated for Best Dressed, Miss Congenality, and Least Bothered By The Results awards.????

SmerWine=Plum
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SmerWine=Plum

@Magpie

To be nominated doesn’t mean to win for sure. My opinion is that Lazarev could be nominated since he has a great voice.
On the other hand having distracting staging does mean having no vocals.

(J)ESC Fanatic
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(J)ESC Fanatic

Sergey’s live vocals were good but in this specific category he can’t even be compared to Dami and some others…

Jan Henryon
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Dami Im – Best live Vocals and Most Likely to Succeed Commercially for sure! Dami is currently on National Tour and taking Australia by Storm. Sold Out Venues necessitated adding two more shows to her schedule! Her song ‘Sound of Silence’ soared to Aria Gold Award status in Australia and also was awarded Gold in Sweden. Hearing her live is totally mind-blowing – amazing powerful vocals and pitch perfect. Dami definitely is worthy of at least two out of three awards on the Poll. Just curious… why don’t we see Poli Geneva of Bulgaria in any of the categories? Poli… Read more »

choi
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Dami was the highest this year

Magpie
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Magpie

@SummerWine=Plum

Russia had the best live vocals? I must have missed it due to the staging that was extremely distracting.

johanleekens
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johanleekens

Let’s get Armenia some awards, she was amazing.
I still miss Serbia in Best Live Vocals and Most Memorable Staging though.
And btw, can someone explain to me why Italy didn’t win Worst Live Vocals in 2014?

Ryan
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Ryan

I meant miss congeniality

Ryan
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Ryan

Wrong award hahaha whoops

Ryan
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Ryan

If Sanja doesn’t win The Dana International Award I swear…She is amazing! And she was so supportive to Hovi when they both got through to the final! Even when she finished 18th(?) she was so happy still <3

GEM
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GEM

DAMI .. The best!!

Tha
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Tha

I don’t get why is Russia nominated in “most wronged” category, since they got 3rd place, and why is Armenia in “best live vocals”. Iveta didn’t sing so well, she missed some notes (as Elhaida last year).

(J)ESC Fanatic
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(J)ESC Fanatic

@Polegend Godgarina

She has bipolar disorder, that’s why. Another reason I’m sad she didn’t qualify 🙁

Agnieszka
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Agnieszka

I think Micha? Szpak should be included in the “Most likely to succeed commercially” category. I would also vote for Ivan (Belarus) if he were nominated – I think he has great potential. Out of the nominees, I voted for Frans. I hope Micha? wins the “best live vocals” category.

Ann
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Ann

Micha? Szpak – great voice, great looks, great person!!! Micha? THE BEST

Rimma Chistiakova
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Micha? Szpak (Michael Starling) – that’s who was really the “Discovery of the year” at the “Eurovision 2016″! Great vocals, deep emotion songs of submission, sincerity and poignancy creeps up to tears, tenderness and romance of the image: a sort of medieval Prince with clean and clear eyes, calling to remember about the original purpose of man: to strive consciously to give his life the meaning and the color (Color of your Life”), which will make him truly happy. Looking into his green eyes, full of boundless universal sorrow, delicate hands raised to the sky, elegant curls-curls, flowing over her… Read more »