Staging at Eurovision 2016 was slick. Australia’s Dami Im sparkled on a glittery box. Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz from Georgia sent us on a psychotropic trip. And we were even treated to multiples of Armenia’s exquisite Iveta Mukuchyan. Alas, there can only be one victor. After counting 5,038 votes, we can now reveal that the winner of the Vision Music Award 2016 for Best Staging is Russia’s Sergey Lazarev!
With a music video as epic as “You Are the Only One” , Sergey had a lot to live up to with his live performance. Thankfully the live performance was immense. Absolutely no expense was spared here. The production literally had everything: sharp choreography, exciting projections, even a climbable LED screen. It showed that sometimes, more really is more!
And yet, at the centre of it all, Sergey held his own. His vocals were solid, he hit every mark with precision and he really drove the momentum of the song. It’s easy to see why he topped the televote, and came in third place overall.
Best Staging: 2016
1. Sergey Lazarev: 1,640 votes (32.55%)
2. Iveta Mukuchyan: 1,023 votes (20.31%)
3. Jamala: 692 votes (13.74%)
4. Dami Im: 665 votes (13.2%)
5. Greta Salóme: 467 votes (9.27%)
6. Ivan: 316 votes (6.27%)
7. Georgia: 235 votes (4.66%)
Total votes: 5,038 votes
Vision Music Awards 2016: The Nominees
This award is just one of a dozen awards we have launched as part of the Vision Music Awards 2016 (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.