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Ruslana Lyzhychko
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Ruslana speaking during a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine in May 2012
Background information
Native name Руслана Лижичко
Birth name Ruslana Stepanivna Lyzhychko (Руслана Степанівна Лижичко)
Also known as Ruslana (Руслана)
Born (1973-05-24) 24 May 1973 (age 40)[1]
Lviv, Ukrainian SSR
Origin Ukraine Ukrainian
Genres Pop,[2] ethno-pop[3][4]
Occupations Singer, dancer, producer, composer, conductor, pianist, lyricst, voice actress, former politician, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, activist
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, drums, keyboards, trembita, tambourine
Years active 1996–present
Labels EMI, Warner Music Group
Associated acts T-Pain, Missy Elliott, Goran Bregović, Slavi Trifonov, Varvara, Harem, Helmut Lotti, Peter Maffay, "Zhittya" Ballet

Ruslana Lyzhychko (Ukrainian: Руслана Лижичко, Ruslana Lyžyčko; born on 24 May 1973),[1] known mononymously as Ruslana, is a World Music Award and Eurovision Song Contest winning artist,[5] holding the title of People's Artist of Ukraine.[6] She is also a former MP serving as deputy in the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) for the Our Ukraine Party.[7] Ruslana is the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Ukraine.[8] She is recognized as the most successful Ukrainian female solo artist internationally[9] and was included in the top 10 most influential women of 2013 by the Forbes magazine.[10] The U.S. Secretary of State honored her with the Woman of Courage Award in March 2014.[11]

She is a singer, songwriter, producer, musical conductor, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, voice actress and social activist. She writes, composes and produces her own songs and music videos. Since 28 December 1995 she has been married to Oleksandr Ksenofontov, a Ukrainian record producer.[12] Together they have run the company Luxen Studio since 1993, producing radio and film trailers.[12]

Ruslana was the first artist coming out from the former Soviet Union to officially receive a platinum disc, her Dyki tantsi album selling more than 170,000 copies in the first 100 days after its release, even without a supporting tour.[13] This album is the best selling Ukrainian album to date, together with its English version, more than 1,000,000 copies being sold solely in Ukraine.[14]

She won the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Wild Dances receiving 280 points, which at that time was a record of points.[15] Following her victory, she rose to fame in Europe and became one of the biggest pop stars from the Eastern part of the continent. Her winning song Wild Dances has dominated the European charts for 97 weeks peaking at number one in Belgium for 10 consecutive weeks.[16] Later that year, she received a World Music Award in Las Vegas.[9]

Also in 2004, she was among the top 15 performers in a ranking conducted in Belgium with her singles "Wild Dances" and "Dance with the Wolves".[17] Ruslana was named the most popular person in Belgium,[17] the sexiest girl in Greece,[17] the most influential public person in Ukraine[17] and was the first foreigner who received the award of the Federation of Journalists in Turkey.[17]

In 2005, Ruslana designed the cover for Jonathan Safran Foer's "The Unabridged Pocket Book of Lightening" which was produced as part of Penguin Books' 70th birthday celebrations.[18]

In 2006, her song "Wild Dances" has been named the best ever Eurovision winning song by a survey arranged by the German public television broadcaster ARD. During the television program Grand Prix Hitliste, Wild Dances was presented as the winner, ahead of famous songs, such as Waterloo and Germany's only winner (at the time), Ein Bißchen Frieden, which finished sixth and twelfth, respectively. The programme was viewed by a television audience of approximately six million people in Germany.[19]

In 2008, she was elected by Rockstar Games to play 'DJ Ruslana' in the open world action-adventure video game Grand Theft Auto IV. The Ukrainian version of her song Wild Dances has been featured on the soundtrack of the game and became one of the most popular tunes among the fans.[20] Grand Theft Auto IV broke the Guinness World Records for "Highest grossing video game in 24 hours" and "Highest Revenue Generated by an Entertainment Product in 24 Hours". It sold 3.6 million copies on day one, which equalled roughly $310 million in revenue.[21] Also in 2008, she signed a major contract with Warner Music for the worldwide release of her second international album called Wild Energy.[22]

In 2009, she was invited to attend the 6th Asia Song Festival which took place in Seoul, Korea. Even if she was supposed to receive only an award for her contribution to the cultural exchange between Ukraine and Asia in music, in the end she also won the main award of the festival, receiving the golden statue for the best artist of the Asia Song Festival 2009[23]

In 2011, her song Wild Dances has been used by the American gymnast Jordyn Wieber as the soundtrack for her floor exercise.[24] Wieber eventually became the 2011 World Women's All-Around Champion and won the golden medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics performing her floor exercise on Ruslana's song.[24]

Early life[edit]

Ruslana was born on 24 May 1973 in Lviv, Ukraine to Ukrainian father Stepan Lyzhychko and Russian mother Nina Sapegina.[25] She was raised in the Lviv Oblast (province). Encouraged by her mother, Ruslana studied from the age of four at an experimental musical school and sang in different bands, including in the vocal-instrumental band Horizon, the band Orion and the children's ensemble Smile. After finishing secondary school, Ruslana entered the Lviv Conservatory where she graduated as a classical pianist and symphonic orchestra conductor in 1995.[26]

Musical career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ruslana started her career as the winner of the Slavianski Bazaar song competition in Vitebsk, Belarus in 1996 with the song Oj, letili dyki husi.[26] In the same year, she was among the nominees for the Ukrainian Singer of the Year award and the video for Dzvinkyi Viter (Wind Bells) was awarded Music Video of the Year. Since her early career, Ruslana's producer was Oleksandr Ksenofontov, whom she married in 1995.[27]

In 1997, Ruslana began working on Christmas with Ruslana – the first L'viv Christmas television project of an All-Ukrainian scale including the video clip Ballad of a Princess which was the first animated music video made by a Ukrainian singer.

Her first album Myt Vesny – Dzvinkyi Viter (A Moment of Spring – Wind Bells), released in 1998, received high praise from the critics.

Still, wider recognition did not come until 1998 with the song Svitanok (Sunrise) and the album Myt' Vesny – Dzvinkyj Viter Live. Svitanok was the first Ukrainian big-budget music video. In 1998, Ruslana was awarded Person of the Year, the song Svitanok was awarded Song of the Year and its accompanying music video was awarded Music Video of the Year. In the second half of 1998, she organized a charity tour which had the aim of raising funds for the restoration of the old castles from Western Ukraine. The tour was a success and thanks to Ruslana's efforts, the Zolochiv Castle has been restored.[28]

In 1999, she worked on the Christmas musical Ostanne rizdvo 90th (The Last Christmas of the 90s), which won the Ukrainian Movie of the Year award. With the video clip to the song Znaju ya (I Know), which is about the ancient people of the Hutsuls living in the Ukrainian Carpathians, Ruslana set new standards for modern video clip filming.


Ruslana is one of the very few pop singers who are capable of conducting a symphonic orchestra due to her higher education in music.

In 1995, Ruslana has graduated the Lviv Conservatory as professional conductor and classical pianist. She was the student of one of the most prominent Ukrainian composers and conductor, Mykola Kolessa who is regarded as 'the father of the Ukrainian conducting school'. She used to be a part of the student choir of the Lviv Music Academy.

Wild Dances Project[edit]

Ruslana's father is from the West-Ukrainian area of the Hutsuls, the dwellers of the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains. They have a unique culture with an ancient and rich history which inspired Ruslana to create her concept album Wild Dances. It combines powerful and permeating ethnic drums, trumpet sounds of the trembita, an ancient Hutsul music instrument, with modern dance beats.

The album Dyki Tantsi (Wild Dances) was released in June 2003 in Ukraine. It was the first album ever to be certified 5 times Platinum in Ukraine, selling more than 500,000 copies.[26] The English language counterpart, Wild Dances, was released in many European countries in the autumn of 2004. Previously, the lead single Wild Dances had brought Ruslana the victory at the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 and entered various European single charts. It was certified Gold in Sweden, Russia, Greece, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. On the single charts in Ukraine, Greece and Belgium, the song peaked at #1.[26]

2004–2005: Eurovision victory and the Orange Revolution[edit]

Ruslana performing Wild Dances at the Eurovision Song Contest 2004


Ruslana was internally chosen by the NTU to represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2004. Before the contest, she was a hot favorite for victory by the bookmakers. At the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, she performed her self-composed song, Wild Dances and won the contest receiving 280 points. In the semifinal, the song received points from all other participating countries; in the final, Switzerland was the only country not giving any points to the song.

The winning song was composed by Ruslana during an expedition to the Carpathian Mountains in spring 2003.[29]

In the days following the contest, she was widely featured in local media. She was appointed advisor to the prime minister, and the president bestowed upon her one of the country's highest honors when she received the title of People's Artist of Ukraine.[6]


Ukrainian stamp celebrating Ruslana's victory at the Eurovision Song Contest

Ruslana has been initially chosen to host the semi final and the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2005.[19] However, the singer had to decline the offer due to her involvement in the organization of a big charity concert dedicated to the victims of the Chernobyl disaster. Therefore, Ruslana appeared at the event only as a guest star. She performed a medley of Wild Dances and Heart on Fire at the opening ceremony being accompanied by the Zhyttia ballet and the Ukrainian drums ensamble ARS Nova. This act saw Ruslana carrying a Flamethrower on stage to the dissatisfaction of the Romanian delegation whose fire on stage was rejected due to security reasons.[30] After interviewing the competitors in the green room she also performed her latest single The Same Star. During this performance Ruslana wore a red costume inspired by Ukrainian ethnic elements.


Ruslana's song Wild Dances was named the Best of Eurovision in an internet voting arranged by the German public television broadcaster ARD. During the television program Grand Prix Hitliste, Wild Dances was presented as the winner, ahead of famous songs, such as Waterloo and Germany's only winner (at the time), Ein Bißchen Frieden, which finished sixth and twelfth, respectively. The programme was viewed by a television audience of approximately six million people in Germany.[19]

2008: Wild Energy & Grand Theft Auto IV[edit]

Ruslana's project Wild Energy was based on the science fiction novel by Maryna and Sergij Diachenko Wild Energy. Lana. In a future city which experiences a global energy crisis, far more threatening than lack of oil and gas, people are lacking their will for life, their energy of the heart – the "fuel for people". Lana, one of the synthetic inhabitants, sets out to find the mystical energy source. After many adventures she discovers that the wild energy comes from her own heart. Wild Energy combines the art of music and video production, literature and social commitment in an extraordinary way. In June 2006 Ruslana presented the new single and video Wild Energy in a unique fantasy style. In this video clip the singer develops from a synthetic blonde girl into her wild image.

For the FIFA World Cup 2006 Ruslana went on tour in Germany to support the Ukrainian national football team. She performed in Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin, Leipzig, and Nuremberg.

In March 2008 Ruslana's Ukrainian album Amazonka was released in Ukraine, Czech Republic and Slovakia. The English album Wild Energy was released in Canada on 2 September 2008 and was released in several European countries on 10 October 2008. The album was recorded at the Hit Factory Studio in Miami and contains two collaborations with American Urban superstars T-Pain and Missy Elliott.[31] On this release Ruslana creates her own distinctive technique of incorporating ancient ethnic styles of the Carpathian Mountain people with modern popular music.

In Grand Theft Auto IV, Ruslana lends her voice as the host of Vladivostok FM. Her song Wild Dances is featured as one of the songs on Vladivostok. On 13 May 2008, Grand Theft Auto IV broke the Guinness World Records for "Highest grossing video game in 24 hours" and "Highest Revenue Generated by an Entertainment Product in 24 Hours". It sold 3.6 million copies on day one, which equalled roughly $310 million in revenue. For first day sales it also broke the record of "Fastest-selling video game in 24 hours", previously held by Halo 3 at $170 million,[21]

2009–2010: Asia Song Festival & new album recordings[edit]

Ruslana on the catwalk of the 2009 Asia Song Festival in Seoul, Korea

In 2009, she was invited to attend the 6th Asia Song Festival which took place in Seoul, Korea. The event was held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium where Ruslana sung in front of an audience of 60,000 people. Together with the "Zhyttia" ballet, she performed three songs from her first international album: "Wild Dances", "Dance with the Wolves" and a bilingual version of "Play, Musician!". Interestingly, her act was met with great enthusiasm by the Asian public who didn't know her until that moment. Even if she was supposed to receive only an award for her contribution to the cultural exchange between Ukraine and Asia in music, in the end she also won the main award of the festival, receiving the golden statue for the best artist of the Asia Song Festival 2009[23]

2011–2012: The Voice of Ukraine and new Ukrainian album Ey-fori-YA[edit]

In 2011, Ruslana has been appointed as one of the judges of the Ukrainian version of The Voice show. Her involvement in the project has been featured on the Dutch TV where the original show of the series kicked-off. Eventually, Ruslana's alumni, Tonya Matvienko, placed 2nd in the grand final of the Ukrainian show.

In April 2012 the new Ukrainian language album ЕЙ-форі-Я (EY-fori-YA) was released in Ukraine. The album on which Ruslana had worked for four years was produced in the USA, Sweden and Ukraine produced by Vlad Debriansky and Ruslana and features musicians such as Rusty Allen, Victor Little, George Benson, Brian Coller and others.[32]

Despite its intercontinental rock and pop nature, the album EY-fori-YA and the three songs taken from it previously is based on Slavic rhythms. Ruslana integrated old Slavic circle dances, liturgies and elements of classic pieces of Russian composers including Glinka, Tschaikowsky, Mussorgsky, and Rachmaninow.[32] The album is designed for flash mob type synchronous dances. In April/May 2012 she toured 11 Ukrainian cities with a unique show concept called OGO Show. During these open-air events Ruslana appeared as lead dancer teaching the audience the moves. The audience doesn't consume passively, but is integrated into the show.[33] More concept concerts followed within the framework of the EURO 2012 public fan events.

2013: New international album My Boo! (Together!) & Clash of the Choirs[edit]

Her third international album was set to be released in 2013 under the title My Boo! (Together!).[34] The new material shows how versatile Ruslana is as an artist as she completely changed her style since the Wild Energy project, from a wild Amazon to a Urban pop princess.

Most of the album was produced by Vlad DeBriansky in Los Angeles and includes the names of American top musicians such as Rusty Allen, Victor Little, Oscar Seaton, Brian Coller as well as Stefan Örn from Sweden who won the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 as a songwriter. Goran Bregovich, the legendary Balkan musician from Serbia produced the song Kray[35]

At the same time of the release of the new English album Ruslana's Ukrainian album ЕЙ-форі-Я (EY-fori-YA, Euphoria) was re-released under the new title Мій Брат! (разом) (Miy Brat! (razom!), My Brother! (together!)). The renaming of the album had become necessary because of the coincidental same name of the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. The Swedish singer Loreen won the event with the song Euphoria, one month after Ruslana had released her Ukrainian album and song of the same name. In order to avoid misunderstandings Ruslana's renamed not only her album but also her English song Euphoria into This Is Euphoria.[36]

In August 2013 Ruslana globally released the single This Is Euphoria digitally. The track was composed and produced by Ruslana and the Swedish musician Stefan Örn.

She was invited to perform at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 which took place in her country's capital Kiev.[37] Nevertheless, she withdrew her act from the show considering the violence showed by the Ukrainian authorities against those who were peacefully protesting in the country's capital.[38]

She was one of the coaches of the first season of the Clash of the Choirs TV show in Ukraine. Ruslana and her alumni from the city of L'viv have won the grand final of the project on January 5, 2014, receiving 78% of the tele voting.[39]

2014: Back to Wild Dances[edit]

During an interview for the Ukrainian press, she revealed that she will study ethnic motifs again as she understood that the Wild Dances project was her most creative work. Therefor she will start recording a new album in autumn 2013 having absorbed all the emotions of Wild Dances.[40]

Ruslana was invited to participate in the Belgian selection for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest as a music expert. She will judge the contestants who are competing for the right to represent Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.[41]

Political activities[edit]

2004: Orange Revolution[edit]

In autumn 2004 Ruslana actively supported the democratic processes in Ukraine known as the Orange Revolution, to which her song "Dance with the Wolves" was devoted. She declared her support for Viktor Yushchenko during the disputed Ukrainian presidential elections. She became one of the prominent figures that addressed the mass crowds rallying in support of Yushchenko's demand that his original defeat be declared fraudulent. From spring 2006 to summer 2007 she was a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament for the party Our Ukraine.[42]

Due to political reasons the music video supporting her second single extracted from the Wild Dances album, Dance with the Wolves was censored in Russia as it contains fragments showing Ruslana in the Independence Square.[43]

Ruslana endorsed Yulia Tymoshenko during the 2010 Ukrainian presidential election[44] and actively supported her candidature during the election campaign.[45][46]

Ruslana reading out an official resolution of Euromaidan, 29 November 2013

In December 2012 Ruslana launched the human rights campaign Не мовчи (Don't keep silent) which challenges the juridical system of Ukraine. In particular she supports the case of Dmytro and Sergiy Pavlichenko who claim to have been forced to admit a murder they have not committed. The father and son were convicted of killing a judge of a district court in Kyiv and sentenced to life imprisonment and 13 years in prison respectively.[47] The verdict was widely criticized mainly by football fans.[48] Ruslana dedicated her song and video Це – Ей-форі-Я (This is Euphoria) to the case of the Pavlichenkos who according to her are victims of a misjudgement.[49]

2013–2014: Euromaidan[edit]

In November 2013, she was one of the leading figures of Euromaidan[50][51][52] which were a series of protests in Ukraine that began on November 22, 2013, when Ukrainian citizens started spontaneous protests in the capital of Ukraine, Kiev. On the previous day, on November 21, 2013, the Ukrainian government suspended preparations for signing an Association Agreement with the European Union.[53]

She was one of the leading figures of the protests.[50][51][52] Since the second week of protest she has been on the stage on Kiev's Maidan Nezalezhnosti virtually all night (up to ten hours a night).[54][55] In an 11 December interview with The Daily Beast she explained her role in the opposition as "charging Maidan with freedom-loving energy" and insisted she "hated" politics.[56] And has denied supporting any single leader.[57] Ruslana also stated “if needed, I will sing every night in Maidan until next presidential election in 2015”.[56] Two make-up artists were at her disposal during the protest.[56]

As the protest leader, Ruslana noted the presence of paid provocateurs who have instigated fights in the otherwise peaceful protests.[58]

Ruslana with José Manuel Barroso and Henri Malosse at the Plenary Session of the EESC in Brussels

Her involvement in the pro-European movement from Kiev has been featured on many international publications, Ruslana being regarded as a true heroine of Ukraine.[59] While the German press regarded her as 'Kiev's queen of the night',[60] the Spanish newspaper El Mundo compared her to Jeanne d'Arc.[61] Due to her active involvement in the EuroMaidan, Ruslana has been compared to Katniss Everdeen, the main heroine of The Hunger Games trilogy.[62]

Due to active role in the protests, she was included in the top 10 most successful women of 2013 by the Forbes magazine.[63] Also, she was named 'person of the year' by the Business Ukraine magazine.[64]

In order to demand from the EU support for the EuroMaidan revolution Ruslana met in Brussels with key EU officials including José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Henri Malosse, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in January 2014. After her speech at the 495th Plenary Session a resolution was adopted by the EESC which supports the Ukrainian civil society and its democratic rights.[65]

Social commitment[edit]

First Lady Michelle Obama and Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom pose for a photo with 2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award Winner Ruslana Lyzhychko

Ruslana was appointed Good Will Ambassador of Ukraine by the UNICEF and combats trafficking in human beings.[66] She released two video clips which aim to make potential victims aware of the dangers of human trafficking. In February 2008 Ruslana performed at an anti-human trafficking event in Vienna, Austria, organized by UN.GIFT (The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking) in front of 117 international delegations. Her song Not for Sale became the anthem of the anti-trafficking campaign.[67]

Within the frames of the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kiev she gave a charity concert for children suffering from the consequences of the Chernobyl tragedy. For another charity project Ruslana joined forces with German rock star Peter Maffay.[68] In April/May 2007 they went together with artists from 14 countries on a four weeks tour through Germany. The funds gathered benefited children in need.

Ruslana has also staged numerous charity concerts benefiting Children's hospitals in Kiev, Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk.

With her project Wild Energy Ruslana supports the use of renewable energy. She regards the energy of the sun, the water and the wind as an energy independence. The project gradually developed into this bigger meaning. Ruslana wants to make people aware of the dangers of global climate change.[69]

After large regions in Western Ukraine were hit by a flood in July 2008 Ruslana set up the co-ordinating and relief centre Carpathians. Flood. SOS! 2008. The aim of the centre is to create a database of the people in need, to provide emergency humanitarian help and to collect and distribute donations both from the public and from other Ukrainian artists and sportsmen to support the victims of the flood.[70]



  • 1998: Rizdvo z Ruslanoju (Christmas With Ruslana)
  • 1999: Ostannje Rizdvo 90-h (Last Christmas of the 90's)
  • 2002: Rizdvjani Legendy (Christmas Legends)
  • 2003: Na Rizdvo do L'vivs'kogo (Christmas with L'vivians)
  • 2008: Wild Energy. Amazon. Wild Dances


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2004 "Wild Dances" 43 1 20 40 1 44 6 8 24 2 1 47 Wild Dances
"Dance with the Wolves" 19 25 95 105 3
2005 "The Same Star" 50 60 199 1
2006 "Dyka Enerhija" 1 Wild Energy
2008 "Moon of Dreams" 41 77 1
2013 "This is Euphoria" 9 My Boo! (Together!)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Presenter Award Result
1996 Slavianski Bazaar (Belarus) 1st place
"Oj, letily dyki gusy"
1999 Person of the Year 1999 (Ukraine) Person of the year Won
Best song of the year
Best video of the year
2004 Eurovision Song Contest 1st place
"Wild Dances"
Marcel Bezençon Awards Artistic Award
"Wild Dances"
World Music Awards (Las Vegas, USA) Best Selling Ukrainian Artist
"Wild Dances"
MAD TV Video Music Awards (Greece) Best International Video
"Wild Dances"
Arion Music Awards (Greece) Best Selling International Single
"Wild Dances"
2005 Romanian Most Loved Awards Most Loved International Singer Won
Macedonia's The Best 13 Best European Singer Won
2006 Grand Prix Hitliste (Germany) Best Eurovision song
"Wild Dances"
2009 Asia Song Festival The Special Award Won
Best Artist Won
2010 Person of the Year 2010 (Ukraine) Best solo artist Won
2013 Forbes Russia Women of the year 2013 Won
2014 Ukrainian Intellectual Society "Vasyl Stus" Award Won
U.S. Secretary of State Woman of Courage Award Won

Music videos[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 2000 Today by BBC Herself Representative of Ukraine
2004 Eurovision Song Contest 2004 Representative of Ukraine. Winner
World Music Awards 2004 Guest Star
2005 Melodifestivalen 2005
Making Your Mind Up 2005
Eurovision Song Contest 2005
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV as DJ Ruslana
2009 Asia Song Festival Guest Star
2010 True La–La: Three Divas Guest Star
2011 Eurovision Song Contest 2011 Ukrainian Spokesperson
The Secret History of Eurovision Guest Star
The Voice of Ukraine Coach
2012 Moya pravda / Ruslana. Ukroshcheniye stroptivoy Guest Star
MyDance Judge
2013 Eurosong 2013: A MAD show Guest Star
The Heart of Eurovision with Julia Zemiro
Clash of the Choirs Сoach
2014 Eurosong 2014 Music expert / Judge

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Turkey Sertab Erener
with "Everyway That I Can"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Greece Helena Paparizou
with "My Number One"
Preceded by
Oleksandr Ponomaryov
with "Hasta la Vista"
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Razom nas bahato"
Preceded by
Best Ukrainian Act – World Music Awards
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Agnes Monica
Best Artist – Asia song festival
Succeeded by