He’s the velvet-voiced Turkish crooner who has twice represented San Marino at Eurovision. Now Serhat Hacıpaşalıoğlu has won the Pantene Golden Butterfly Award, honouring the international achievements of his music career.
Serhat shared the good news with his fans, writing “I’m very happy to get “Pantene Golden Butterfly-Altin Kelebek”, the most prestigious media award of Turkey, for my international music career. This is my 4th Golden Butterfly in 25 years. Hope I don’t need to wait long for a new one.”
I’m very happy to get ‘’Pantene Golden Butterfly-Altin Kelebek’’, the most prestigous media award of Turkey, for my international music career. This is my 4th Golden Butterfly in 25 years. Hope I don’t need to wait long for a new one.? pic.twitter.com/2FTBKnVb3F
— Serhat Hac?pa?al?o?lu (@serhathpo) July 5, 2020
Serhat wasn’t the only past Eurovision star to pick up a trophy. Hadise, who represented Turkey at Eurovision 2009, received the award for Best Female Singer. In an Instagram post, the Belgian-born Turkish star thanked those who had given her the award: “Thank you to everyone who voted”.
This is Hadise’s fifth Golden Butterfly award. She picked up the Best New Female Artist award in 2005. Following her performance at Eurovision in 2009, Hadise received the Pop Artist of the Year award as well as the Song of the Year award for her Eurovision entry “Düm Tek Tek”. Later, the Turkish star was given the Golden Butterfly Best Music Video award in 2018 for “Farkımız Var”.
The Pantene Golden Butterfly Awards honour the best in Turkish film and music every year and have been known as the “Turkish Oscars”. The awards are sponsored by the international hair-care brand Pantene.
Serhat’s quarter-century of achievements
Serhat was previously honoured in the 1990s with Golden Butterfly Awards for his work on Riziko! — the Turkish version of the hit quiz show Jeopardy!. Serhat was the show host and producer, which earned him Best Male Host of the Year in 1995 and Best Quiz Show of the Year in 1995 and 1996.
Twenty-five years on, he’s living his best life as an international music artist and has been honoured for his successes.
As well as representing San Marino twice at the Eurovision Song Contest — and bringing some Turkish style to the Eurovision stage — Serhat also has worked with a number of acclaimed artists from around the world.
He has sung with divas such as Viktor Lazlo (France/Belgium), Tamara Gverdtsiteli (Georgia), Martha Wash (United States) and Helena Paparizou (Sweden/Greece).
In addition, Serhat and Martha Wash’s remix of “I Didn’t Know” reached No.25 on the American Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. The countdown isn’t based on sales, but it was a sign that “I Didn’t Know” was being played in the nightclubs and discotheques of the United States.
Most recently, Serhat returned to Eurovision 2019 with the uplifting anthem “Say Na Na Na”. The song was a fan favourite and Serhat took it to the Eurovision grand final — only the second time San Marino has managed this. “Say Na Na Na” placed 19th in the grand final, San Marino’s best ever Eurovision result.
We congratulate Serhat and Hadise on their Golden Butterfly wins and look forward to more music!
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