They are Eurovision’s answer to the critics’ choice awards.
And on the day of Saturday’s grand final, the annual Marcel Bezençon Awards ceremony took place.
This year, Italy’s Mahmood, The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence and Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke are the lucky winners.
The well-known awards have been handed out every year since the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest in Tallinn — founded by Melodifestivalen and Eurovision producer Christer Björkman.
Over the years several categories have been included in the award ceremony.
Currently, there’s a press award, an award voted by the commentators, as well as the composer award.
The composer award
This year’s composer award goes to Italy’s Mahmood. “Soldi”, written and produced by Alessandro Mahmoud himself, Dario “Dardust” Faini and Paolo Alberto Monachetti took the trophy this year. Notably, this marks the first time an Italian act has won the composer award since it was first awarded in 2004. Congratulations to Mahmood.
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The press award
This year’s press award goes to the Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence. “Arcade” follows up last year’s Madame Monsieur who took the award for their country with “Mercy”. Just like Italy’s win at the composer category, this is the first time that the Netherlands has managed to top the press award. And for sure this won’t be the last time Duncan receives an award. Congratulations to Duncan!
The commentators’ award
And finally, the show commentators also had their say on this year’s Eurovision acts. Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke managed to impress commentators all over Europe and thus receives this year’s award voted by the commentators. Interestingly, this is the first time since 2011 that the award winner hasn’t finished within the top two of the grand final. But nevertheless, Kate is a deserving winner.
What do you think about this year’s winners? Do you agree with the choices within each category? Let us know in the comments down below!