While Kalush Orchestra may have taken home top honours, they aren’t the only artists who gained a nod this week. With so much talent on the stage in Turin, it’s important to ensure that the hard work doesn’t go unacknowledged. Presented by the former head of the Swedish delegation Christer Björkman, the Marcel Bezençon Awards have this year gone to Konstrakta, Sam Ryder and Cornelia Jakobs.
Marcel Bezençon Awards 2022: United Kingdom, Serbia and Sweden are honoured
The press award is voted on by accredited media and press during the event to award the best act. This year, the award was given to Sam Ryder of the United Kingdom. This was the first time the “Big 5” nation and five-time winner has ever won a Marcel Bezençon Award.
The artistic award is voted on by the commentators during the event to award the best performance. For the second time, after 2007, the award went to Serbia and the avant-garde artist Konstrakta. The hand-washing singer left flowers on the podium whilst accepting her award.
The composer award is voted on by the participating composers to award the best composition. For the third time (after 2012 and 2013), this award went to Sweden. Their song “Hold Me Closer” was composed by the singer Cornelia Jakobs alongside David Zandén and Isa Molin.
The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first conceived in 2002 by Christer Björkman (Swedish representative in 1992) and Richard Herrey (Swedish representative and winner in 1984). They are named after the creator of the Eurovision Song Contest, Swiss media executive Marcel Bezençon.
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