European Border Breakers Award

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European Border Breakers Award
Awarded for Award to stimulate cross border success of debuting European artists
Date 11 January 2012 (2012-01-11)
(Eurosonic Noorderslag opening night)
Location Oosterpoort Theatre, Groningen
Country The Netherlands
Presented by Noorderslag Foundation
European Commission
Host Jools Holland
First awarded 2004
Official website
Television/Radio coverage
Network NOS/NTR, broadcast through NET3
EBBA Awards 2012 – Selah Sue wins Public Choice Award – by Mike Breeuwer

Every year the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA)[1] recognise the success of ten emerging artists or groups who reached audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album in the past year. Winners of a European Border Breakers Award include Adele, Aura Dione, Anna Calvi, Tokio Hotel, The Baseballs, Zaz, Kerli, Lykke Li, Milow, Katie Melua, Damien Rice, Caro Emerald, Stromae, Sunrise Avenue and Mumford and Sons.[2]


The EBBA Awards were launched by the European Commission[3] and are a European Union award.[4] Selection and the award ceremony of the EBBA Awards are organised by Noorderslag Foundation, which has the mission to encourage the circulation of European pop music.[5]

European Border Breakers Awards 2012 – All Winners – by Mike Breeuwer


  • European Broadcasting Union (EBU)[6]
  • The European Talent Exchange Program (ETEP), which creates a network between European popular music festivals, facilitating the booking of European bands from outside their home country.[6] It also gives information to the media about emerging European artists.[7]

Selection of the winners[edit]

The artists or groups nominated for the European Border Breakers Awards are selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • The success of the first international release in European countries other than the home territory of the artist in the past year.
  • Radio airplay given to an artist by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) radio channels.
  • The artist's success at European festivals (ETEP) outside of his/her home country.[8]

Public Choice Award[edit]

Since 2010, an online vote takes place to choose which EBBA Award winner will receive the Public Choice Award, on top of the "regular" award.[9] The first winner was Belgian singer-songwriter Milow.[10] The German rock & roll band The Baseballs won in 2011.[11] Selah Sue from Belgium won the prize in 2012.[12]

European Border Breakers Awards 2012 – Anna Calvi – by Mike Breeuwer

The show[edit]

Since 2009 the award ceremony takes place every year in January, during the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival, in the Dutch city of Groningen, presented by BBC host and musician Jools Holland.[9] EBBA Award winners perform live during the show, as well as during the festival itself. Winners from previous years are invited to perform as special guests. The ceremony is recorded by the Dutch public broadcasting channel NOS/NTR and broadcast through NED3.[13] The show is annually broadcast on several European television channels.


The EBBA Awards were initiated by the European Commission in 2004.[4] With the awards, the European Commission aims to stimulate the cross-border circulation of popular music repertoire and to highlight Europe's great musical diversity. The European Border Breakers Awards are supported through the Culture Programme of the European Union, which seeks to promote cross-border mobility of artists and culture professionals; to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output; and to foster intercultural dialogue.[9]

Winners EBBA Awards 2015[edit]

Country Artist Album
Ireland Hozier Hozier
France Indila Mini World
United Kingdom John Newman Tribute
Austria Klangkarussell Netzwerk
Belgium Mélanie De Biasio No Deal
Germany Milky Chance Sadnecessary
Denmark No Mythologies to Follow
Netherlands The Common Linnets The Common Linnets
Norway Todd Terje It's Album Time
Sweden Tove Lo Queen of the Clouds

Winners EBBA Awards 2014[edit]

Country Artist Album
Austria GuGabriel Anima(L)
Denmark Lukas Graham Lukas Graham
France Woodkid The Golden Age
Germany Zedd Clarity
Iceland Ásgeir Dýrð í dauðaþögn
Ireland Kodaline In a Perfect World
Netherlands Jacco Gardner Cabinet of Curiosities
Norway Envy The Magic Soup and the Bittersweet Faces
Sweden Icona Pop This Is... Icona Pop
United Kingdom Disclosure Settle

Winners EBBA Awards 2013[edit]

Country Artist Album
Denmark Nabiha More Cracks
Estonia Ewert and The Two Dragons Good Man Down
Finland French Films Imaginary Future
France C2C Tetra
Iceland Of Monsters and Men My Head Is an Animal
Portugal Amor Electro Cai o Carmo e a Trindade
Spain Juan Zelada High Ceilings & Collarbones
Sweden Niki & The Dove Instinct
The Netherlands Dope D.O.D. Branded
United Kingdom Emeli Sandé Our Version of Events

Winners EBBA Awards 2012[edit]

Country Artist Album
Austria Elektro Guzzi Elektro Guzzi
Belgium Selah Sue Selah Sue
Denmark Agnes Obel Philharmonics
France Ben l'Oncle Soul Soulman (EP)
Germany Boy Mutual Friends
Ireland James Vincent McMorrow Early in the Morning
The Netherlands Afrojack Lost and Found
Romania Alexandra Stan Saxobeats
Sweden Swedish House Mafia Until One
United Kingdom Anna Calvi Anna Calvi

Winner Public Choice Award: Selah Sue

Winners EBBA Awards 2011[edit]

Country Artist Album
Denmark Aura Dione Columbine
Germany The Baseballs Strike
France Zaz ZAZ
Norway Donkeyboy Caught
Romania Inna Hot
Austria Saint Lu Saint Lu
United Kingdom Mumford & Sons Sigh No More
Sweden Miike Snow Miike Snow
The Netherlands Caro Emerald Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room
Belgium Stromae Cheese

Winner Public Choice Award: The Baseballs

Winners EBBA Awards 2010[edit]

Country Artist Album
Belgium Milow Milow
United Kingdom Charlie Winston Hobo
Germany Peter Fox Stadtaffe
Austria Soap&Skin Lovetune for Vacuum
Estonia Kerli Love Is Dead
Sweden Jenny Wilson Hardships
Portugal Buraka Som Sistema Black Diamond
France Sliimy Paint Your Face
The Netherlands Esmée Denters Outta Here
Italy Giusy Ferreri Gaetana

Winner Public Choice Award: Milow

Winners EBBA Awards 2009[edit]

Country Artist Album
France Aaron Artificial Animals Riding on Neverland
United Kingdom Adele 19
Denmark Alphabeat Alphabeat
Germany Cinema Bizarre Final Attraction
France The Dø A Mouthfull
The Netherlands Kraak & Smaak Boogie Angst
Denmark Ida Corr One
Sweden Lykke Li Youth Novels
Ireland The Script The Script
United Kingdom The Ting Tings We Started Nothing

Winners EBBA Awards 2008[edit]

Country Artist Album
Belgium Reborn Fools Rush In
Denmark Dúné We are in there, you are out there
Finland Sunrise Avenue On The Way To Wonderland
France Ayọ Joyful
Germany Cascada Everytime We Touch
Ireland Dolores O'Riordan Are You Listening?
Poland Hemp Gru Klucz
Spain Miguel Ángel Muñoz M.A.M.
Sweden Basshunter LOL <(^^,)>
United Kingdom The Fratellis Costello Music

Winners EBBA Awards 2007[edit]

Country Artist Album
Belgium Gabriel Ríos Ghostboy
Germany Tokio Hotel Schrei
France Ilona Mitrecey Un monde parfait
Greece Elena Paparizou My Number One
United Kingdom Corinne Bailey Rae Corinne Bailey Rae
Ireland Celtic Woman Celtic Woman
Italy Vittorio Grigolo In the Hands of Love
Poland Blog 27 Lol
Sweden José González Veneer
Spain Beatriz Luengo Beatriz Luengo

Winners EBBA Awards 2006[edit]

Country Artist Album
Belgium Sarah Bettens Scream
Denmark Hush A Lifetime
Germany Juli Es ist Juli
France Amel Bent Un jour d'été
United Kingdom KT Tunstall Eye to the Telescope
Ireland Hal Hal
Sweden Arash Boro Boro
Spain Bebe Pafuera Telarañas
Hungary Heaven Street Seven Get Out And Walk!

Winners EBBA Awards 2005[edit]

Country Artist Album
Denmark The Raveonettes Chain gang of love
Germany Wir sind Helden Die Reklamation
Finland Redrama Every Day Soundtrack
France Corneille Parce que l'on vient de loin
United Kingdom Katie Melua Call Off the Search
Ireland Damien Rice O
Italy Benny Benassi Hypnotica
Poland Myslovitz Korova Milky Bar
Sweden Ana Johnsson The Way I Am

Winners EBBA Awards 2004[edit]

Country Artist Album
Belgium Lasgo Some Things
Denmark Saybia The Second You Sleep
Germany Masterplan Masterplan
France Carla Bruni Quelqu'un m'a dit
United Kingdom The Darkness Permission To Land
Ireland The Thrills So Much for the City
Italy Tiziano Ferro Rosso Relativo
Portugal Mariza Fado Em Mim
Spain Las Ketchup Hijas del Tomate


  1. ^ European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA)
  2. ^ "Winners of the 2011 European Border Breakers Awards", Retrieved 19 September 2011
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b , Retrieved 19 September 2011
  5. ^ "About Eurosonic Noorderslag", Retrieved 18 September 2011
  6. ^ a b "EBBA Awards", Retrieved 19 September 2011
  7. ^ "European Talent Exchange Program", Retrieved 19 September 2011
  8. ^ "Selection criteria", Retrieved 19 September 2011
  9. ^ a b c "European Union Award for Contemporary Music", Retrieved 19 September 2011
  10. ^ "Milow Wins First Public Choice At EBBA!", Retrieved 19 September 2011
  11. ^ "EBBA Awards: The Baseballs win Public Choice Award", 12 January 2011
  12. ^ "Selah Sue the peoples choice", 15 January 2012
  13. ^ (Dutch)"Programma", 8 January 2011

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