European Border Breakers Award

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European Border Breakers Award
Awarded forAward to stimulate cross border success of debuting European artists
(Eurosonic Noorderslag opening night)
LocationOosterpoort Theatre, Groningen
CountryThe Netherlands
Presented byEurosonic Noorderslag
European Commission
Hosted byJools Holland
First awarded2004
Last awarded2018
Television/radio coverage
NetworkNOS/NTR, broadcast through NET3

The European Border Breakers Award (EBBA) was an annual prize awarded to[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, Dolores O'Riordan, , Tiziano Ferro, Lykke Li, Katie Melua, Damien Rice, Mumford and Sons and Dua Lipa.[2] In 2019 the prize was renamed as the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards (MMETA).[3][4]


The EBBA Awards were launched by the European Commission[5] and are a European Union award.[6] Since 2009, the awards are organised by Eurosonic Noorderslag and the award is presented at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival.[7]


  • European Broadcasting Union (EBU)[8]
  • 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.[8] It also gives information to the media about emerging European artists.[9]

Selection of the winners[edit]

EBBA Awards 2012 – All Winners

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.[10]

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.[11] The first winner was Belgian singer-songwriter Milow.[12] The German rock & roll band The Baseballs won in 2011.[13] Selah Sue from Belgium won the prize in 2012.[14]

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.[11] 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.[15] The show is annually broadcast on several European television channels.


The EBBA Awards were initiated by the European Commission in 2004.[6] 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.[11]

List of winners[edit]


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


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


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


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


Country Artist Album
Belgium Reborn Fools Rush In
Denmark Dúné We Are In There You Are Out Here
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


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


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

Public Choice Award: Milow


EBBA Awards 2011 – All Winners
Country Artist Album
Austria Saint Lu Saint Lu
Belgium Stromae Cheese
Denmark Aura Dione Columbine
France Zaz ZAZ
Germany The Baseballs Strike
Netherlands Caro Emerald Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor
Norway Donkeyboy Caught
Romania Inna Hot
Sweden Miike Snow Miike Snow
United Kingdom Mumford & Sons Sigh No More

Public Choice Award: The Baseballs


EBBA Awards 2012 – Selah Sue wins Public Choice Award
EBBA Awards 2012 – Anna Calvi
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
Netherlands Afrojack Lost and Found
Romania Alexandra Stan Saxobeats
Sweden Swedish House Mafia Until One
United Kingdom Anna Calvi Anna Calvi

Public Choice Award: Selah Sue


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
Netherlands Dope D.O.D. Branded
Portugal Amor Electro Cai o Carmo e a Trindade
Spain Juan Zelada High Ceilings & Collarbones
Sweden Niki & The Dove Instinct
United Kingdom Emeli Sandé Our Version of Events


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


EBBA Awards 2015 – Indila
Country Artist Album
Austria Klangkarussell Netzwerk
Belgium Mélanie De Biasio No Deal
Denmark No Mythologies to Follow
France Indila Mini World
Germany Milky Chance Sadnecessary
Ireland Hozier Hozier
Netherlands The Common Linnets The Common Linnets
Norway Todd Terje It's Album Time
Sweden Tove Lo Queen of the Clouds
United Kingdom John Newman Tribute

Winner Public Choice Award: The Common Linnets[16]

Best festival act award (awarded for the first time at this edition): Jungle[16]


Country Artist Album
Belgium Oscar and the Wolf Entity
France Christine and the Queens Chaleur Humaine
Germany Robin Schulz
Ireland SOAK Before We Forgot How to Dream
Latvia Carnival Youth No Clouds Allowed
Netherlands Kovacs
Norway AURORA All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend
Spain Álvaro Soler Eterno Agosto
Sweden Seinabo Sey Pretend
United Kingdom Years & Years Communion

Public Choice Award: Carnival Youth[17]


Country Artist[18]
Albania Era Istrefi
Austria Filous
Finland Jaakko Eino Kalevi
France Jain
Germany Namika
Ireland Walking on Cars
Netherlands Natalie La Rose
Norway Alan Walker
Spain Hinds
United Kingdom Dua Lipa

Public Choice Award: Dua Lipa


Country Artist[19]
Belgium Blanche
Bulgaria Kristian Kostov
Denmark Off Bloom
France The Blaze
Finland Alma
Germany Alice Merton
Norway Sigrid
Portugal Salvador Sobral
Sweden Skott
United Kingdom Youngr

Public Choice Award: Kristian Kostov

See also[edit]


  1. ^ European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA)
  2. ^ "Winners of the 2011 European Border Breakers Awards" Archived 7 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 19 September 2011
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ "European Border Breakers Awards - European Commission". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b , Retrieved 19 September 2011
  7. ^ "Europe's new music talents receive the 2016 European Border Breakers Awards - European Commission". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  8. ^ a b "EBBA Awards" Archived 23 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 19 September 2011
  9. ^ "European Talent Exchange Program", Retrieved 19 September 2011
  10. ^ "Selection criteria" Archived 7 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 19 September 2011
  11. ^ a b c "European Union Award for Contemporary Music", Retrieved 19 September 2011
  12. ^ "Milow Wins First Public Choice At EBBA!", Retrieved 19 September 2011
  13. ^ "EBBA Awards: The Baseballs win Public Choice Award"[dead link], 12 January 2011
  14. ^ "Selah Sue the peoples choice" Archived 12 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine, 15 January 2012
  15. ^ (in Dutch)"Programma", 8 January 2011
  16. ^ a b "Article - EBBA, European Border Breakers Awards, the awards for best European new music". Archived from the original on 19 January 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  17. ^ "Article - EBBA, European Border Breakers Awards, the awards for best European new music". Archived from the original on 18 January 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  18. ^ Archived 10 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine The winners of European Border Breakers Awards 2017
  19. ^ Archived 3 March 2017 at the Wayback Machine Winners of European Border Breakers Awards 2018

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