Slovak recording artist Marika Gombitová has received numerous awards and accolades in recognition of her success in the music industry. At the turn of the 3rd millennium, she was named The Songstress of the Century, and her achievements in the music genre has made others to call her "The First Lady of Slovak Pop Music", respectively. As of 2014, she has accumulated a total of 119 awards and/or nominations, and her list also includes a number of music recording sales certifications.
In a career spanning more or less three decades, Gombitová has sold more than million solo albums during the vinyl era. On March 2, 1996, she became the first female performer, so well one of the first inductees ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame by Grand Prix ZAI academics. She also holds the record as the artist with the most releases listed in The 100 Greatest Slovak Albums of All Time. Six of her solo studio albums were ranked as some of those best, and the overall index features also her vocal contribution to additional nominated albums (such as co-recorded with Modus and Žbirka, or delivered for Neberte nám princeznú soundtrack).
Aside from her critical accomplishments, Gombitová has been frequently voted in national annual music polls, namely Zlatý slavík and its subsequent equivalents, i.e. Slovenský slávik and Slávik. While eventually winning two editions (1997–98), she topped eight times (1980, 1982–83, 1998, 2000–02, 2005) as the second Most Popular Female Singer in the country, despite showing no particular interest in accepting these recognitions. For her other cultural and/or lifetime achievements, she is also a recipient of the Main Prize by the Culture Ministry of the Czechoslovakia (1986),Freedom of the City (2007) of her birth municipality, as well of the town of Stropkov (2013) and, among others, The Woman of the Year title (2008).
Aurel was the most prestigious music award in Slovakia, established by (SNS IFPI) Slovak National Section of International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in 2002, to recognize outstanding achievements in the music industry for the previous calendar year. As an equivalent to the American Grammy and a successor of the similar Grand Prix ZAI awards, the live ceremony broadcast by TV was annually held for overall seven years, before being cancelled (in 2008). Gombitová was nominated once as the Best Female Singer (in 2002).
Bratislavská lýra (English: Bratislava Lyre) was an annual festival of popular songs in former Czechoslovakia, established in 1966 in Bratislava. Two competitions were held; the category of Czechoslovak songwriters and the international contest. Winners were awarded by a golden, silver and/or bronze Lyre (depending on a position). Special prizes included Audience Choice, Journalists Choice, and Lifetime Achievement award. Gombitová won seven awards - three golden lyres (1977–78), one of silver (1979) and bronze (1980), plus an Audience Choice award (1977).
Grand Prix Rádio (GPR) was an airplay award established in 1999, originally by three major radio stations in Slovakia. Fun Rádio, Rádio Twist and RockFM. The following years, additional regional stations joined the project as well. The annual show took place in Slovenský rozhlas, Studio 5, and included one and half long gala concert permitted live by all involved radios. Apart from the Grand Prix award for the Most Played Song, winners of the rest categories were voted by listeners of involved radios. Gombitová was nominated at least three times (1999, 2001 and 2003).
Since 1992, Zväz autorov a interpretov (ZAI)[F] (English: Association of the Authors and Interpreters), along with Hudobný fond (English: Music Fund Slovakia) annually awarded the artists for acts released in the previous calendar year, similarly as in U.S. the Grammy music academy. Following Dežo Ursiny, Pavol Hammel, Marián Varga and František Griglák, Gombitová as the first female was inducted into the Hall of Fame for her life-achievement contribution to the Slovak music on March 2, 1996.
F^ Originally, the annual ZAI awards were titled as Gramy and Slovak Grammy in addition. After a protest of the U.S. NARAS management against the Czech, also so-called Gramy awards in 1997, the Slovak music academy decided to change the name as well. Following Gramy, Grammy Slovensko and/or Grand Prix ZAI, the Slovak annual awards were re-titled as Ceny Hudobnej akadémie Artmedia (English: Awards of the Music Academy ArtMedia), and later on replaced by Aurel Awards.
Internationales Schlagerfestival Dresden (English: International Pop Festival in Dresden) was a German music festival (1971–1988). It was usually held in September and/or October for five days and the annual event took place at the Kulturpalast Dresden. The main prize was "Grand Prix", including Gold, Silver and/or Bronze medals. Among others, also other awards were bestowed, such as the Price of the Press Jury, and Audience Award. Gombitová received an award at the occasion of the 7th edition of the fest (in 1978).
G^ The First Prize in the category representing record companies shared Gombitová with Nikolai Gnatiuk ("Dance on a Drum") from Russia. Grand Prix '80 award won Marion ("Where Is the Love?") from Finland.
Melodie was a modern music magazine (similarly to American Billboard) established in 1963 as a monthly periodical in Czechoslovakia. For the time of being a bi-weekly rival entitled as Aktuality Melodie, also known as Áčko, was effective (1969–70). The magazine itself survived almost three decades, ceasing its operations in 1991. Gombitová was awarded in the 4th edition of Tip Melodie as the Best Female Singer (1979), while being nominated in the Zlatá nota[H] category in addition (1987).
In 2007, Nový čas daily compiled a list of the The 100 Greatest Slovak Albums of All Time.[I] The survey was compiled by prominent authors, record producers, professional reviewers and music publishers, who evaluated Slovak full-length records released from 1967 until 2006. Gombitová entered the list, being nominated with six studio albums of her own, as well as for two albums that she recorded with Modus band. The soundtrack Neberte nám princeznú along with two Žbirka's albums, to which she contributed, were also present. Eventually, she scored the highest ranking with her debut set (#20).
Chvíľa pre pesničku (English: The Moment for a Song) was one of the Slovak first TV music programs, in which either artists, or upcomers themselves competed by presenting their songs. The others popular (with no live audience, though) were Chose a Song (1967–76), A Chance for the Talented (1976–83), Six Plus One (1979–83) and/or 5 x P (1983–87). Gombitová entered the show in November 1976 with two compositions.
Našich 9 (English: Top 9 for Us) was a successor to Vyberte si pesničku TV chart, which was effective from 1975 to 1979. Gombitová topped the show with a duet that featured Janko Lehotský (1978).
5 x P, respectively Päť pekných pesničiek pre potešenie (English: Five Nice Songs for a Pleasure) was the most successful video program, amongst similar music programs (such as Našich 9 as above) televised in Slovakia. The TV hitparade was broadcast monthly, featuring each edition ten songs, which competed along with two new videos extra. Gombitová won a People's Choice award in 1984.
Zlatý triangel (English: Golden Triangle) was an annual video chart also broadcast by the public television network Slovenská televízia from 1984 to 1997. The show, originally hosted by Tatiana Kulíšková and Pavol Juráň, and since November 1989 by Daniel Junas, awarded exclusively Slovak and Czech artists for the best videos released in a calendar year, similarly as the MTV music channel. Prior to that, its monthly editions called Triangel were held. Gombitová won four annual charts (in 1985-86, 1988 and 1995).
Český slavík (English: Czech Nightingale) is a successor of the Zlatý slavík's poll, restored in 1996 in the Czech Republic. Starting 1999, as a result of a new business sponsorship by the Carlsbad Mineral Water company, the show was renamed to Český slavík Mattoni. In 2008, the poll was extended by the Slavík bez hranic (English: No Limits Nightingale) category, which awards artists from Slovakia. Gombitová peaked at number #3 (in 2010).
Diskoslavík (English: DiscoNightingale) was an attempt in behalf of major Czechoslovakdisc jockeys to award artists for best acts also on the disco music field. The award was voted by DJs on fifty major discoteques. Gombitová appeared in the 88's volume, reaching the highest score as the 3rd Best Female Singer.
Hit storočia (English: Hit of the Century) was a national TV competition organized by Slovenská televízia. Within its three month run (set of on April 20, 2007), the viewers voted live via text messaging service the most popular Slovak songs from the 30s to 90's of the last century. Overall, nine songs performed by current artists were picked to compete in the Finale evening (July 6, 2007). Gombitová entered the show with three compositions, winning with her significant track written by Janko Lehotský and Kamil Peteraj from 1979.
K^ The title won scoring 30.4% (i.e. over 60,000 SMSs) votes in total. The rest Top 3 positions featured "V slovenských dolinách" by Karol Duchoň (at #2), and "Voda čo ma drží nad vodou" by Jožo Ráž.
Mladé rozlety[L] established by the poet Ivan Štrpka was a color magazine intended for teenagers and the youth. After two sampler issues, the periodical was released weekly since January 1987, and in the 90's renamed as M-Report. Apart from music polls, the magazine also organized a national contest of Slovak amateur bands. Gombitová won one poll (1988).
Osobnosť televíznej obrazovky (OTO) (English: Television Screen Personality) is a television poll, in which viewers vote the most favorite personalities as well as programmes. The annual show, established in 2000 by Art Production Agency (APA), is screened live by the national television Slovenská televízia. Gombitová peaked one poll (2001), topping in addition at number #2 (2005), and at #3 (2000) as the Most Popular Female Singer.
Pop Music Top Slovakia was a short-term pool formed as a Slovak equivalent for the former Zlatý slavík. However, the Top 10 survey promoted by regional radio stations, consisted of one general category that awarded singers and bands at the same time. Gombitová entered two editions of the pool at least - in 1992 and 1995.
O^ The first position earned TEAM, followed by Elán (#2), Metalinda (#3) and Gombitová (at #4 as the only female). Additional positions occupied Peter Nagy (#6), Robo Grigorov (#7), Miroslav Žbirka (#8), Money Factor (#9) and Hex band (#10).
P^ 1995 edition topped Maduar, followed by Pavol Habera (#2), Tublatanka (#3), herself, Salco (#5), Elán (#6), Team (#7), Gladiator (#8), Exil (#9) and AYA (#10).
POPulár was a Slovak music magazine that mapped the domestic and international music scene, maintaining also POP awards. The magazine was published monthly since 1970, until its termination in 1992 (Note: In July 2008, the magazine was restored by Nový Populár, issued twice a month). Gombitová won four times as the Best Female Singer (1983, 1986, 1987-8) and once she received the Best Album award (1987).
Similarly in 1998, the rival Slávik (English: Nightingale) was established by the FORZA company against the Oklamčák's. After an agreement in 1999, the official promoter of the poll in Slovakia became FORZA in collaboration with Oklamčák Production. The annual awards were permitted live by the CME network Markíza. Gombitová entered each of to date thirteen editions, topping the highest five times at number #2 (1998, 2000–02, 2005), and two times at number #3 (1999, 2006).
In Slovakia, Slovenský slávik (English: Slovak Nightingale) was primarily set up as an equivalent to the federal Zlatý slavík awards, respectively the Český. However, the poll was revived in 1997 by Jozef Oklamčák, founder of the Oklamčák Production agency, the project failed due to a boycott of the artists themselves, and a certain level of controversy that followed subsequently. Prior to its early termination in 1999, Gombitová won both editions as the Most Popular Singer (1997–98).
R^ According to the representatives of two major labels in Slovakia (Peter Riava from PolyGram, and Juraj Čurný from BMG Ariola ČR/SR), the polls promoter Jozef Oklamčák presented different results, originally. Apart from others, the main awards were supposed to be passed to Pavol Habera as Best Male Singer and Barbara Haščáková for Best Female Singer. However as a result of the Oklamčák "revenge", both finished at the second positions in return to their refusal to show up on the ceremony. The live show was cancelled, eventually, and the annual awards were announced on TV, using archived videoclips of the nominees.
Music recording sales certification is a system of certifying that a music record has shipped or sold a certain number of copies. The number of sales or shipments required for a Silver, Gold, multi/Platinum, respectively Diamond threshold depends on the population of the territory in which the title is released.
In Slovakia, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for the Czech Republic (ČNS IFPI) awards native artists since the cancellation of the Slovak national section (SNS IFPI) in December 31, 2009. Currently, there are awarded Gold (for 3,000 units), and/or Platinum certifications (for 6,000 units), exclusively for album releases. Gombitová demonstrably won at least seven platinum and three golden awards.
Čestné občianstvo (English: Freedom of the City) is a civilian honor of a state, usually, that is granted to its natives by the highest ranking local officer. At the occasion of the 440th anniversary since the first historical record about Turany nad Ondavou (MDLXVII), the municipal of the village, Viera Pundžáková, delivered the title to Gombitová by mail service (2007). While most recently, in 2013, the municipal corporation in the town of Stropkov bestowed the artist a similar honor.
(ÚV SZŽ) Ústredný výbor Slovenského zväzu žien (English: Central Committee of the Slovak Women Union), later recognized as Demokratická únia žien (English: Democratic Union of the Women), was a female organization, which initially at the occasion of the International Women's Day, on March 8, annually awarded individuals within different areas such as culture and art. Gombitová received a Gold Plaque for the lifetime development of the culture in Slovakia (1988).
Since 2007, Žena 21. storočia (English: New Millennium Woman), respectively Žena roka (English: Woman of the Year) is an award bestowed by the periodical Bratislava Leaders Magazine which, in collaboration with the general associate HSBC Bank, awards the most recognized females for their contribution in the previous calendar year. Overall four major categories are held; the Politics and Public Service, the Science and Research, the Art, and the Business. A special category helds the Woman of the 21st Century[T] title (also a statuette of a woman on pedestal, designed by wood-carver Vladimír Morávek). The annual evening is attended by the First Lady of the country, and takes place in the Slovak National Theater. Gombitová was honored by the award in 2008 (April 25).
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