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 Armenia’s Iveta Mukuchyan dropped the full power of her Lovewave. Israel’s Hovi Star let his star shine rul bright. And Australia’s Dami Im sang-it-out like only a true diva can. Yet there was one man who could shatter glass all over their heads with his fierce voice and precision. After counting 6,483 votes, we can now reveal that Poland’s Michal Szpak has won the Vision Music Award 2016 for Best Live Vocals.
When delivering “Color Of Your Life” Michal balanced power and emotion beautifully. The professional jury, which gave Michal only 7 points, didn’t see what we saw our Polish Prince. Ahead of Eurovision, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — were totally feeling him. Here’s what one juror wrote ahead of Eurovision:
Every time I listen to this song I like it more and more. The chorus boasts a killer hook – although they could do with spicing up (and modernising) the production, which would benefit hugely from more understated verses. Michal is possibly the best performer of the whole year – his raw emotion when singing convinces me that the awful lyrics are in fact a masterpiece. With a memorable, gothic performance, this should at least qualify.
Best Live Vocals 2016
1) Poland — Michal Szpak 2,253 votes (34.75%)
2) Australia — Dami Im 1,626 votes (25.08%)
3) Ukraine — Jamala 926 votes (14.28%)
4) Armenia — Iveta Mukuchyan 836 votes (12.9%)
5) Czech Republic — Gabriela Guncikova 510 votes (7.87%)
6) Israel — Hovi Star 332 votes (5.12%)
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.