Knez (singer)

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Knez in 2015
Background information
Birth name Nenad Knežević
Also known as Knez
Born (1967-12-05) 5 December 1967 (age 50)
Titograd, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia
Genres Dance, pop, R&B,
adult contemporary
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992–present (solo career)
Labels PGP-RTS (1994–1996)
ZAM (1996)
City Records (2000–present)

Nenad Knežević (Serbian Cyrillic: Ненад Кнежевић) (born 5 December 1967 in Titograd, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia), better known by his stagename Knez, is a pop singer, based in Belgrade, Serbia. He represented Montenegro in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. From 1995 to 2013 he was married to Ninoslava Knežević, with whom he has two daughters.


Early years[edit]

He was born and grew up in Titograd (now Podgorica)[1][2] in a family of musicians. At six years of age, Knez sang "Bio jednom jedan lav" on the Naša Radost Festival in Titograd. He was schooled in the same city. After high school, he was a member of group "Milan i Luna". Whilst in high school, he started his first band, Visoka frekvencija (English: High Frequency), with guitarist Leo Đokaj. With the band, he wrote the songs "Da l' si ikada mene voljela" and "Kao magija" that would later become his greatest hits. Later, he established The Moon Band, which played on the Montenegrin coast, and subsequently the "Montenegro Band" with his father, Milija Knežević.[3]


In 1992, Knez began his solo career and appeared at the Belgrade Pop Festival, MESAM, with the song, "Da l' si ikada mene voljela". In that same year, Knez recorded his first album, Kao magija, with the help of former band member, guitarist Leo Đokaj and songwriters, Ljubo Jovović and Zlatko Jovović. In 1994, Knez recorded his second album, Iz dana u dan. In 1996, Knez recorded his third album, Automatic. This album was the highest-selling album. The biggest concert he had in his career was in Sava Center. In 1999, a compilation was released under the name, The Best of Knez, which included 18 old songs, 2 new songs, "Nijedna žena na svijetu" and "Ti ne znaš ko sam ja", and a remix of "Kao magija". In 2000, he competed in the Budva 2000 Festival with the song, Vjeruj, which won the first place. In 2001, Knez recorded his fourth album, Daleko, visoko. In 2003, Knez recorded his fifth album, Ti me znaš. He won the third place at the Music Festival Budva 2006. In 2005, Knez recorded his sixth album, Vanilla.[3][4]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

On 31 October 2014, it was officially announced that Knez would represent Montenegro at Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna, Austria.[5] Performing in Montenegrin with his song "Adio", Knez came ninth in the second semi-final, and ranked 13th in the Grand Final with 44 points, making this, up to date, Montenegro's most successful entry. Song Adio has two versions, in French and English. English version is written by Milica Fajgelj, Tami Rodriguez, Nicole Rodriguz and Dunja Vujadinovic[6]


Studio albums[edit]


  • The Best of Knez (1999)
  • Balade (2006)
  • Opa Cupa (2012)


  1. ^ Topalović, L. S. (21 November 2010). "Vanzemaljac iz Crne Gore". (in Serbian). Nidda Verlag GmbH. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Vasić, Marija (1 December 2015). "Voljenoj Podgorici": Knez priprema koncert posvećen rodnom gradu". (in Montenegrin). Daily Press d.o.o. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Nenad Knezević Knez" (in Serbian). Balkan Media. 22 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Biografija Nenad Knežević - Knez" (in Serbian). Puls magazine. Archived from the original on 2014-11-10. 
  5. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (31 October 2014). "Montenegro: Knez to Vienna!". ESCToday. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sergej Ćetković
with "Moj svijet"
Montenegro in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "The Real Thing"