Marcel Bezençon

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Marcel Bezençon
Eurovision Song Contest 1980 - Johnny Logan 3.jpg
Bezençon (right) congratulated Irish singer Johnny Logan, after winning the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest
Born Marcel Bezençon
(1907-05-01)1 May 1907
Orbe, Vaud, Switzerland
Died 17 February 1981(1981-02-17) (aged 73)
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Nationality Switzerland Swiss

Marcel Bezençon (May 1, 1907, Orbe, Vaud, Switzerland - February 17, 1981, Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland) was until 1970 the director of the European Broadcasting Union. In 1955 he conceived the idea of the Eurovision Song Contest based on the famous Sanremo Festival. The Eurovision Song Contest remains one of the world's most popular music events.

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were founded by Christer Björkman (Melodifestivalen winner and Swedish ESC-participant 1992) and Richard Herrey – (Swedish ESC – winner 1984). In 2008 the new category called “Gylleneskor Fan Award” is introduced by initiative of the website’s editor-in chief Alexander Borodin – who wanted to give the fans of Melodifestivalen and the ESC an extra opportunity to take part as well.