It’s been two years in the making, but the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam has finally drawn to a close.
And while the competition may be over, there’s still plenty of time to celebrate this year’s shows, the artists and their songs. The team at wiwibloggs is proud to present the eighth edition of our Vision Music Awards (VMAs). As Eurovision season wraps up, it’s one more opportunity to give the class of 2021 their final hurrah before we say buongiorno to Eurovision 2022 in Italy.
In the aftermath of the contest, the Wiwi Jury have shortlisted candidates across 14 categories, ranging from the classic Best Dressed and Best Live Vocals awards to the brand-new-for-2021 honours Best Use of Social Media and Best Eurovision Campaign Trail.
But who deserves the gold? That’s up to you.
You can vote for your favourites to win the Vision Music Awards in 11 of our 14 categories. The remaining three awards — the Congeniality Award, the Dana International Award for LGBTQ+ Equality and Least Bothered by Results — will be decided by the Wiwi Jury.
Read on to see the finalists and to vote for your favourites now.
Scroll down to vote in the Vision Music Award polls.
VMAs 2021: The Nominees
You can vote for as many contestants in each poll as you like, but you can only submit your votes one time. So choose wisely, and make it count! We’ll also be hiding the results until it is time to announce the winners to keep the drama high and the spoilers low. Without further ado… wiwibloggs readers, start voting now!
Most Likely to Succeed Commercially
ABBA. Céline Dion. Gina G. Many acts have used the Eurovision Song Contest as a launch pad for their chart-topping careers. More recently, the Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence rocked charts around the world — his Eurovision 2019 winning song “Arcade” became the first song contest track since 1996 to crack the US Billboard Chart. This award honours the contestant who is most likely to make it big — or at least cash some checks — once the hype for Eurovision 2021 fades.
Classic, couture, campy, kitsch… the Eurovision wardrobe department has it all. This award celebrates the contestant who brought it to the runway and turned out the fiercest looks. Whether it’s on-stage or off-stage at the Moroccanoil Turquoise Carpet, every Eurovision star knows there’s always time for fashion.
Best Live Vocals
Eurovision may be a battle of songs, but equally important is the voice. In 2012, Rona Nishliu’s epic high notes almost shattered the glass of 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.
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.
Some acts keep it simple while others go all out with their choreography. At Eurovision 2018, Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira set the city of Lisbon en fuego and redefined hairography as we know it. We’ve since seen some epic dance numbers take the song contest stage, and this year is no exception. But who threw the best shapes in Rotterdam?
The road to Eurovision can be long and bumpy. But for a lot of acts, even the most difficult journeys arrive at beautiful destinations — even if a revamp is required along the way. This award highlights the artist who surprised us the most by demonstrating major improvements from their pre-Eurovision reveal to the contest itself. When casting your vote, consider how far they’ve come — and where they finished on the scoreboard in Rotterdam.
Best Song with a Message
All music is art. And often that art comes with a story. Whether it’s the tale of a personal struggle or a message for society at large, songwriting enables an artist to channel their sentiment through art — and Eurovision helps them relay it to a global audience. Jamala’s “1944” demonstrated the plight of her ancestors, Boggie’s “Wars For Nothing” was a call for world peace and Bilal Hassani’s “Roi” taught us all to shine bright. But which song from this year preached its gospel the best?
Best Use of Social Media
As we delve deeper and deeper into the digital age, social media is now an integral part of the Eurovision experience. Many contestants post updates and engage with their fans via Twitter, Instagram and TikTok — and we continue to see some incredibly creative uses of these apps. Challenges, storytime videos and dance tutorials… the class of 2021 have done it all. Whose social game was the strongest?
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Best Use of Props
It’s not uncommon for Eurovision contestants to share the stage with elaborate props. Whether whimsical or avant-garde, these props can become iconic in their own right for helping the artist create a memorable moment on stage. In recent years, we’ve seen a giant hamster wheel from Ukraine, a butter churner from Poland, and rows upon rows of maneki-neko lucky cats from Israel. Who has earned a spot in this pantheon of fab?
Best Eurovision Campaign Trail
Some acts go all out with promo before Eurovision kicks off. In a normal year, that might include attending Eurovision pre-parties across the continent. This year, things have looked a little different — but we’ve still enjoyed projects like Senhit’s #FreakyTripToRotterdam and Natalia Gordienko’s swanky red carpet launch event in Moscow. When casting your vote for this award, consider whose pre-Eurovision campaign developed the most momentum leading up to the contest.
Best Music Video
Before we see the acts belt their Eurovision songs live on-stage in their full glory, we get additional visual delights in the form of music videos. This award honours the act whose music video wowed us the most. Our nominee list includes all the 2021 acts who released a full music video alongside their Eurovision song.
Congeniality Award (Wiwi Jury to decide)
Since 2013, Team Wiwi has awarded Miss/Mr Congeniality to the contestant whose press conferences and off-stage appearances did the most to honour the Eurovision tradition of peace and camaraderie. Daria Kinzer missed out on a grand final spot at Eurovision 2011, but she stayed throughout the week and partied with her fans until the wee hours of the morning. All smiles, all the time. This award honours the artist who did their upmost to keep the Eurovision community smiling.
The Dana International Award for LGBTQ+ Equality (Wiwi Jury to decide)
This award honours Dana International, who became the first transgender woman to win 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 LGBTQ+ 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.
2013: Finland’s Krista Siegfrids
2014: Austria’s Conchita Wurst
2015: Serbia’s Bojana Stamenov
2016: Israel’s Hovi Star
2017: Montenegro’s Slavko Kalezic
2019: France’s Bilal Hassani
Least Bothered by the Results (Wiwi Jury to decide)
Eurovision is serious business, with over 180 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.
2013: The Netherlands’ Anouk
2014: France’s Twin Twin
2015: Austria’s The Makemakes
2016: Georgia’s Nika Kocharov and the Young Georgian Lolitaz
2017: Portugal’s Salvador Sobral
Who do you think will win each Vision Music Award? Who did you vote for? Let us know in the comments below.