Marcel Bezençon Awards

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Marcel Bezençon Awards
Awarded forBest competing songs in the Eurovision Song Contest
CountryVarious participating countries
Presented byEuropean Broadcasting Union (EBU)
First awarded2002
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The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia honouring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 1992 and Head of Delegation for Sweden until 2021) and Richard Herrey (member of Herreys, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 for Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon.[1]

Although sanctioned by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the awards are not presented during the Eurovision final, but rather are handed out during the official afterparty. Beginning with the 2009 contest, the trophies are handed out prior to the final.

Sweden's Melodifestivalen and Hungary's A Dal also present the awards during their own competition proper.

Categories

The awards are divided into 3 categories:

  • Press Award – Given to the best entry as voted on by the accredited media and press during the event.
  • Artistic Award – Presented to the best artist as voted on by the commentators since 2010. Until 2009, the category was voted on by previous winners of the contest.
  • Composer Award – A jury consisting of the participating composers vote for the best and most original composition.

In 2008, a special one-off award was presented, the Poplight Fan Award, as voted by fans on the Swedish website poplight.se and presented to their favourite debuting artist under the age of 25.[1][2]

Winners

Press Award

Year Country Song Performer Final Points Host city Ref.
2002  France "Il faut du temps" Sandrine François 5 104 Estonia Tallinn
2003  Turkey "Everyway That I Can" Sertab Erener 1 167 Latvia Riga
2004  Serbia and Montenegro "Lane moje" (Лане моје) Željko Joksimović 2 263 Turkey Istanbul
2005  Malta "Angel" Chiara 2 192 Ukraine Kyiv
2006  Finland "Hard Rock Hallelujah" Lordi 1 292 Greece Athens
2007  Ukraine "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" Verka Serduchka 2 235 Finland Helsinki
2008  Portugal "Senhora do mar (Negras águas)" Vânia Fernandes 13 69 Serbia Belgrade [3]
2009  Norway "Fairytale" Alexander Rybak 1 387 Russia Moscow [4]
2010  Israel "Milim" (מילים) Harel Skaat 14 71 Norway Oslo [5]
2011  Finland "Da Da Dam" Paradise Oskar 21 57 Germany Düsseldorf [6]
2012  Azerbaijan "When the Music Dies" Sabina Babayeva 4 150 Azerbaijan Baku [7]
2013  Georgia "Waterfall" Nodiko Tatishvili and Sophie Gelovani 15 50 Sweden Malmö [8]
2014  Austria "Rise Like a Phoenix" Conchita Wurst 1 290 Denmark Copenhagen [9]
2015  Italy "Grande amore" Il Volo 3 292 Austria Vienna [10]
2016  Russia "You Are the Only One" Sergey Lazarev 3 491 Sweden Stockholm [11]
2017  Italy "Occidentali's Karma" Francesco Gabbani 6 334 Ukraine Kyiv [12]
2018  France "Mercy" Madame Monsieur 13 173 Portugal Lisbon [13]
2019  Netherlands "Arcade" Duncan Laurence 1 498 Israel Tel Aviv [14]
2021  France "Voilà" Barbara Pravi 2 499 Netherlands Rotterdam [15]
2022  United Kingdom "Space Man" Sam Ryder 2 466 Italy Turin [16]

Artistic Award

Voted by previous winners

Year Country Performer Song Stage director(s) Final Points Host city Ref.
2002  Sweden Afro-dite "Never Let It Go" 8 72 Estonia Tallinn
2003  Netherlands Esther Hart "One More Night" 13 45 Latvia Riga
2004  Ukraine Ruslana "Wild Dances" 1 280 Turkey Istanbul
2005  Greece Helena Paparizou "My Number One" Fokas Evangelinos 1 230 Ukraine Kyiv
2006  Sweden Carola "Invincible" 5 170 Greece Athens
2007  Serbia Marija Šerifović "Molitva" (Молитва) Gorčin Stojanović 1 268 Finland Helsinki
2008  Ukraine Ani Lorak "Shady Lady" Fokas Evangelinos 2 230 Serbia Belgrade [3]
2009  France Patricia Kaas "Et s'il fallait le faire" 8 107 Russia Moscow [4]

Voted by commentators

Since 2010, the show commentators have replaced the previous winners as the selection jury for the winners.

Year Country Performer Song Stage director(s) Final Points Host city Ref.
2010  Israel Harel Skaat "Milim" (מילים) 14 71 Norway Oslo [5]
2011  Ireland Jedward "Lipstick" Brian Friedman 8 119 Germany Düsseldorf [6]
2012  Sweden Loreen "Euphoria" Ambra Succi 1 372 Azerbaijan Baku [7]
2013  Azerbaijan Farid Mammadov "Hold Me" Fokas Evangelinos 2 234 Sweden Malmö [8]
2014  Netherlands The Common Linnets "Calm After the Storm" Hans Pannecoucke 2 238 Denmark Copenhagen [9]
2015  Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" Fredrik "Benke" Rydman 1 365 Austria Vienna [10]
2016  Ukraine Jamala "1944" Kostiantyn Tomilchenko and Oleksandr Bratkovsky 1 534 Sweden Stockholm [11]
2017  Portugal Salvador Sobral "Amar pelos dois" Luísa Sobral 1 758 Ukraine Kyiv [12]
2018  Cyprus Eleni Foureira "Fuego" Sacha Jean-Baptiste 2 436 Portugal Lisbon [13]
2019  Australia Kate Miller-Heidke "Zero Gravity" Philip Gleeson 9 285 Israel Tel Aviv [14]
2021  France Barbara Pravi "Voilà" Marika Prochet 2 499 Netherlands Rotterdam [15]
2022  Serbia Konstrakta "In corpore sano" 5 312 Italy Turin [16]

Composer Award winners

This award was first presented in 2004, replacing the Fan Award.

Year Country Song Composer(s)
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
Performer Final Points Host city Ref.
2004  Cyprus "Stronger Every Minute" Mike Konnaris (m & l) Lisa Andreas 5 170 Turkey Istanbul
2005  Serbia and Montenegro "Zauvijek moja" Slaven Knezović (m) and Milan Perić (l) No Name 7 137 Ukraine Kyiv
2006  Bosnia and Herzegovina "Lejla" Željko Joksimović (m), Fahrudin Pecikoza (l) and Dejan Ivanović (l) Hari Mata Hari 3 229 Greece Athens
2007  Hungary "Unsubstantial Blues" Magdi Rúzsa (m) and Imre Mózsik (l) Magdi Rúzsa 9 128 Finland Helsinki
2008  Romania "Pe-o margine de lume" Andrei Tudor (m), Andreea Andrei (l) and Adina Șuteu (l) Nico & Vlad 20 45 Serbia Belgrade [3]
2009  Bosnia and Herzegovina "Bistra voda" Aleksandar Čović (m & l) Regina 9 106 Russia Moscow [4]
2010  Israel "Milim" (מילים) Tomer Hadadi (m) and Noam Horev (l) Harel Skaat 14 71 Norway Oslo [5]
2011  France "Sognu" Daniel Moyne (m), Quentin Bachelet (m) and Jean-Pierre Marcellesi (l), Julie Miller (l) Amaury Vassili 15 82 Germany Düsseldorf [6]
2012  Sweden "Euphoria" Thomas G:son (m & l) and Peter Boström (m & l) Loreen 1 372 Azerbaijan Baku [7]
2013  Sweden "You" Robin Stjernberg (m & l), Linnea Deb (m & l),
Joy Deb (m & l) and Joakim Harestad Haukaas (m & l)
Robin Stjernberg 14 62 Sweden Malmö [8]
2014  Netherlands "Calm After the Storm" Ilse DeLange (m & l), JB Meijers (m & l), Rob Crosby (m & l),
Matthew Crosby (m & l) and Jake Etheridge (m & l)
The Common Linnets 2 238 Denmark Copenhagen [9]
2015  Norway "A Monster Like Me" Kjetil Mørland (m & l) Mørland & Debrah Scarlett 8 102 Austria Vienna [10]
2016  Australia "Sound of Silence" Anthony Egizii (m & l) and David Musumeci (m & l) Dami Im 2 511 Sweden Stockholm [11]
2017  Portugal "Amar pelos dois" Luísa Sobral (m & l) Salvador Sobral 1 758 Ukraine Kyiv [12]
2018  Bulgaria "Bones" Borislav Milanov (m & l), Trey Campbell (m & l),
Joacim Persson (m & l), and Dag Lundberg (m & l)
Equinox 14 166 Portugal Lisbon [13]
2019  Italy "Soldi" Charlie Charles (m & l), Dario "Dardust" Faini (m & l), and Alessandro Mahmoud (m & l) Mahmood 2 472 Israel Tel Aviv [14]
2021   Switzerland "Tout l'univers" Gjon Muharremaj (m & l), Xavier Michel (m & l),
Wouter Hardy (m & l), and Nina Sampermans (m & l)
Gjon's Tears 3 432 Netherlands Rotterdam [15]
2022  Sweden "Hold Me Closer" Cornelia Jakobsdotter (m & l), David Zandén (m & l), and Isa Molin (m & l) Cornelia Jakobs 4 438 Italy Turin [16]

Fan Award

The Fan Award was handed out in 2002 & 2003, and voted on by the members of OGAE, the Eurovision international fan club. It was discontinued and replaced by the Composer Award in 2004.

In 2008, a special award, called the Poplight Fan Award, was introduced and was voted on by Eurovision fans (see above). It has not been awarded since then.

Year Country Performer Song Final
Result
Points Host city Ref.
2002  Finland Laura Voutilainen "Addicted to You" 20 24 Estonia Tallinn
2003  Spain Beth "Dime" 8 81 Latvia Riga
2008  Armenia Sirusho "Qélé, Qélé" (Քելե Քելե) 4 199 Serbia Belgrade [3]

Tables

Country Total Press
Award
Artistic
Award
Composer
Award
Fan
Award
 Sweden 7 4 3
 France 6 3 2 1
 Netherlands 4 1 2 1
 Ukraine 4 1 3
 Italy 3 2 1
 Portugal 3 1 1 1
 Finland 3 2 1
 Israel 3 1 1 1
 Australia 2 1 1
 Cyprus 2 1 1
 Norway 2 1 1
 Azerbaijan 2 1 1
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 2
 Serbia and Montenegro 2 1 1
 Serbia 2 2
  Switzerland 1 1
 Bulgaria 1 1
 Russia 1 1
 Austria 1 1
 Georgia 1 1
 Ireland 1 1
 Romania 1 1
 Armenia 1 1
 Hungary 1 1
 Malta 1 1
 Turkey 1 1
 Greece 1 1
 Spain 1 1
United Kingdom United Kingdom 1 1

Melodifestivalen winners

Since 2005, Sveriges Television (SVT) has awarded Marcel Bezençon Awards during its national selection Melodifestivalen. These awards follow the same format as that for the Eurovision awards, with awards given to songs that competed in the final of the contest.[17][18]

Press Award

Year Performer Song Final Points Ref.
2005 Shirley Clamp "Att älska dig" 4 130
2006 BWO "Temple of Love" 2 202
2007 Sonja Aldén "För att du finns" 6 62
2008 Sanna Nielsen "Empty Room" 2 206
2009 Caroline af Ugglas "Snälla snälla" 2 171
2010 Anna Bergendahl "This Is My Life" 1 214
2011 Eric Saade "Popular" 1 193
2012 Loreen "Euphoria" 1 268 [19]
2013 YOHIO "Heartbreak Hotel" 2 133 [20]
2014 Sanna Nielsen "Undo" 1 212 [21]
2015 Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" 1 288 [22]

Artistic Award

Year Performer Song Stage director(s) Final Points Ref.
2005 Nanne Grönvall "Håll om mig" 2 209
2006 Carola "Evighet" 1 234
2007 Sonja Aldén "För att du finns" 6 62
2008 BWO "Lay Your Love on Me" 3 158
2009 Sarah Dawn Finer "Moving On" 6 87
2010 Eric Saade "Manboy" 3 155
2011 Danny Saucedo "In the Club" Ambra Succi 2 149
2012 Loreen "Euphoria" Ambra Succi 1 268 [19]
2013 YOHIO "Heartbreak Hotel" Rennie Mirro 2 133 [20]
2014 Ace Wilder "Busy Doin' Nothin" Litho Nericcio 2 210 [21]
2015 Isa "Don't Stop" Martin Jonsson 7 56 [22]

Composer Award

Year Song Composer(s) Performer Final Points Ref.
2005 "A Different Kind of Love" Joacim Dubbelman, Martin Landh, Sam McCarthy Caroline Wennergren 5 116
2006 "Sing for Me" Andreas Johnson, Peter Kvint Andreas Johnson 3 200
2007 "I Remember Love" Peter Hallström, Sarah Dawn Finer Sarah Dawn Finer 4 122
2008 "Empty Room" Bobby Ljunggren, Aleena Gibson Sanna Nielsen 2 206
2009 "You're My World" Emilia Rydberg, Fredrik "Figge" Boström Emilia 9 28
2010 "Keep on Walking" Salem Al Fakir Salem Al Fakir 2 183
2011 "Leaving Home" Jojo Borg Larsson, Nicke Borg, Fredrik Thomander, Anders "Gary" Wikström Nicke Borg 8 57
2012 "Why Start a Fire" Lisa Miskovsky, Aleksander With, Bernt Rune Stray, Berent Philip Moe Lisa Miskovsky 9 39 [19]
2013 "You" Robin Stjernberg, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas Robin Stjernberg 1 166 [20]
2014 "Undo" Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Hamed "K-One" Pirouzpanah Sanna Nielsen 1 212 [21]
2015 "Don't Stop Believing" Miss Li, Sonny Gustafsson Mariette Hansson 3 102 [22]

Fan Award

As with for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest a fan award was also given out for the 2008 Melodifestivalen.

Year Performer Song Final Points Ref.
2008 Amy Diamond "Thank You" 8 36

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