Marcel Bezençon Awards

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The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia honoring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (member of the Herreys, Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon.[1] The awards are divided into 3 categories:

  • Press Award - Given to the best entry as voted on by the accredited media and press during the event.
  • Artistic Award - Presented to the best artist as voted on by the commentators (2010 until presently). Until 2009 as voted by previous winners
  • Composer Award - A jury consisting of the participating composers vote for the best and most original composition.

In 2008, a special award was presented, the Poplight Fan Award, as voted by fans on the Swedish website and presented to their favourite debuting artist (under age 25).[1][2]

In 2010 the Eurovision Song Contest added a new category, the commentator's vote. Previously, this category was awarded by the former winners, but logistical problems has made the organisers change the basis of the vote. It has been too difficult to get hold of past winners, and some of them don't watch the contest. On the other hand, the commentators follow the rehearsals intensely and are regarded as a more reliable group for the voting. The commentators vote for the "Artistic Awards."[3]

Although sanctioned by Eurovision Song Contest, the awards are not presented during the final event broadcast, rather they are handed out during the official contest after party. In 2009, however, the trophies were awarded prior to the event final.

Sweden's Melodifestivalen and Hungary's A Dal also present the awards during their own competition proper.


Press Award[edit]

Year Country Song Performer Final Result Points Host city
2002  France "Il faut du temps" Sandrine François 5th 104 Tallinn
2003  Turkey "Everyway That I Can" Sertab Erener 1st 167 Riga
2004  Serbia and Montenegro "Lane moje" (Лане моје) Željko Joksimović 2nd 263 Istanbul
2005  Malta "Angel" Chiara 2nd 192 Kiev
2006  Finland "Hard Rock Hallelujah" Lordi 1st 292 Athens
2007  Ukraine "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (Dancing Лаша Тумбай) Verka Serduchka 2nd 235 Helsinki
2008  Portugal "Senhora do mar (Negras águas)" Vânia Fernandes 13th 69 Belgrade
2009  Norway[4] "Fairytale" Alexander Rybak 1st 387 Moscow
2010  Israel[5] "Milim" (מילים) Harel Skaat 14th 71 Oslo
2011  Finland[6] "Da Da Dam" Paradise Oskar 21st 57 Düsseldorf
2012  Azerbaijan "When the Music Dies" Sabina Babayeva 4th 150 Baku
2013  Georgia "Waterfall" Nodi and Sophie 15th 50 Malmö
2014  Austria "Rise Like a Phoenix" Conchita Wurst 1st 290 Copenhagen
2015  Italy "Grande amore" Il Volo 3rd 292 Vienna
2016  Russia "You Are the Only One" Sergey Lazarev 3rd 491 Stockholm
2017  Italy "Occidentali's Karma" Francesco Gabbani 6th 334 Kiev
2018  France "Mercy" Madame Monsieur 13th 173 Lisbon
2019  Netherlands "Arcade" Duncan Laurence 1st 492 Tel Aviv

Artistic Award[edit]

Voted by previous winners[edit]

Year Country Performer Song Final Result Points Host city
2002  Sweden Afro-dite "Never Let It Go" 8th 72 Tallinn
2003  Netherlands Esther Hart "One More Night" 13th 45 Riga
2004  Ukraine Ruslana "Wild Dances" 1st 280 Istanbul
2005  Greece Helena Paparizou "My Number One" 1st 230 Kiev
2006  Sweden Carola "Invincible" 5th 170 Athens
2007  Serbia Marija Šerifović "Molitva" (Молитва) 1st 268 Helsinki
2008  Ukraine Ani Lorak "Shady Lady" 2nd 230 Belgrade
2009  France[4] Patricia Kaas "Et s'il fallait le faire" 8th 107 Moscow

Voted by commentators[edit]

Since 2010, the show commentators have replaced the previous winners as the selection jury for the winners.

Year Country Performer Song Final Result Points Host city
2010  Israel[5] Harel Skaat "Milim" (מילים) 14th 71 Oslo
2011  Ireland[6] Jedward "Lipstick" 8th 119 Düsseldorf
2012  Sweden Loreen "Euphoria" 1st 372 Baku
2013  Azerbaijan Farid Mammadov "Hold Me" 2nd 234 Malmö
2014  Netherlands The Common Linnets "Calm After the Storm" 2nd 238 Copenhagen
2015  Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" 1st 365 Vienna
2016  Ukraine Jamala "1944" 1st 534 Stockholm
2017  Portugal Salvador Sobral "Amar pelos dois" 1st 758 Kiev
2018  Cyprus Eleni Foureira "Fuego" 2nd 436 Lisbon
2019  Australia Kate Miller-Heidke "Zero Gravity" 9th 285 Tel Aviv

Composer Award winners[edit]

This award was first presented in 2004, replacing the Fan Award.

Year Country Song Composer(s)
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
Performer Final
Points Host city
2004  Cyprus "Stronger Every Minute" Mike Konnaris (m & l) Lisa Andreas 5th 170 Istanbul
2005  Serbia and Montenegro "Zauvijek moja" Slaven Knezović (m) and Milan Perić (l) No Name 7th 137 Kiev
2006  Bosnia and Herzegovina "Lejla" Željko Joksimović (m), Fahrudin Pecikoza (l) and Dejan Ivanović (l) Hari Mata Hari 3rd 229 Athens
2007  Hungary "Unsubstantial Blues" Magdi Rúzsa (m) and Imre Mózsik (l) Magdi Rúzsa 9th 128 Helsinki
2008  Romania "Pe-o margine de lume" Andrei Tudor (m), Andreea Andrei (l) and Adina Şuteu (l) Nico & Vlad 20th 45 Belgrade
2009  Bosnia and Herzegovina[4] "Bistra voda" Aleksandar Čović (m & l) Regina 9th 106 Moscow
2010  Israel[5] "Milim" (מילים) Tomer Hadadi (m) and Noam Horev (l) Harel Skaat 14th 71 Oslo
2011  France[6] "Sognu" Daniel Moyne (m), Quentin Bachelet (m) and Jean-Pierre Marcellesi (l), Julie Miller (l) Amaury Vassili 15th 82 Düsseldorf
2012  Sweden "Euphoria" Thomas G:son (m & l) and Peter Boström (m & l) Loreen 1st 372 Baku
2013  Sweden "You" Robin Stjernberg (m & l), Linnea Deb (m & l), Joy Deb (m & l) and Joakim Harestad Haukaas (m & l) Robin Stjernberg 14th 62 Malmö
2014  Netherlands "Calm After the Storm" Ilse DeLange (m & l), JB Meijers (m & l), Rob Crosby (m & l), Matthew Crosby (m & l) and Jake Etheridge (m & l) The Common Linnets 2nd 238 Copenhagen
2015  Norway "A Monster Like Me" Kjetil Mørland (m & l) Mørland & Debrah Scarlett 8th 102 Vienna
2016  Australia "Sound of Silence" Anthony Egizii (m & l), David Musumeci (m & l) Dami Im 2nd 511 Stockholm
2017  Portugal "Amar pelos dois" Luisa Sobral (m & l) Salvador Sobral 1st 758 Kiev
2018  Bulgaria "Bones" Borislav Milanov (m & l), Trey Campbell (m & l), Joacim Persson (m & l) and Dag Lundberg (m & l) Equinox 14th 166 Lisbon
2019  Italy "Soldi" Charlie Charles (m & l), Dario "Dardust" Faini (m & l), and Alessandro Mahmoud (m & l) Mahmood 2nd 472 Tel Aviv

Fan Award[edit]

The Fan Award was handed out in 2002 & 2003, and voted on by the members of OGAE, the Eurovision international fan club. It was discontinued and replaced by the Composer Award in 2004.

In 2008, a special award, called the Poplight Fan Award, was introduced and was voted on by ESC fans (see above). It has not been awarded since then.

Year Country Performer Song Final
Points Host city
2002  Finland Laura Voutilainen "Addicted to You" 20th 24 Tallinn
2003  Spain Beth "Dime" 8th 81 Riga
2008  Armenia Sirusho "Qélé, Qélé" (Քելե Քելե) 4th 199 Belgrade

Melodifestivalen winners[edit]

Since 2005 Sveriges Television (SVT) has awarded Marcel Bezençon Awards during its national selection Melodifestivalen. These awards follow the same format as that for the Eurovision awards, with awards given to songs that competed in the final of the contest. Songs that won the Eurovision Song Contest are indicated in bold.[7][8]

Press Award[edit]

Year Performer Song Final Result Points
2005 Shirley Clamp "Att älska dig" 4th 130
2006 BWO "Temple of Love" 2nd 202
2007 Sonja Aldén "För att du finns" 6th 62
2008 Sanna Nielsen "Empty Room" 2nd 206
2009 Caroline af Ugglas "Snälla snälla" 2nd 171
2010 Anna Bergendahl "This Is My Life" 1st 214
2011 Eric Saade "Popular" 1st 193
2012[9] Loreen "Euphoria" 1st 268
2013[10] YOHIO "Heartbreak Hotel" 2nd 133
2014[11] Sanna Nielsen "Undo" 1st 212
2015[12] Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" 1st 288

Artistic Award[edit]

Year Performer Song Final Result Points
2005 Nanne Grönvall "Håll om mig" 2nd 209
2006 Carola "Evighet" 1st 234
2007 Sonja Aldén "För att du finns" 6th 62
2008 BWO "Lay Your Love on Me" 3rd 158
2009 Sarah Dawn Finer "Moving On" 6th 87
2010 Eric Saade "Manboy" 3rd 155
2011 Danny Saucedo "In the Club" 2nd 149
2012[9] Loreen "Euphoria" 1st 268
2013[10] YOHIO "Heartbreak Hotel" 2nd 133
2014[11] Ace Wilder "Busy Doin' Nothin" 2nd 210
2015[12] Isa Tengblad "Don't Stop" 7th 56

Composer Award[edit]

Year Song Composer(s) Performer Final Result Points
2005 "A Different Kind of Love" Joacim Dubbelman, Martin Landh, Sam McCarthy Caroline Wennergren 5th 116
2006 "Sing for Me" Andreas Johnson, Peter Kvint Andreas Johnson 3rd 200
2007 "I Remember Love" Peter Hallström, Sarah Dawn Finer Sarah Dawn Finer 4th 122
2008 "Empty Room" Bobby Ljunggren, Aleena Gibson Sanna Nielsen 2nd 206
2009 "You're My World" Emilia Rydberg, Fredrik "Figge" Boström Emilia 9th 28
2010 "Keep on Walking" Salem Al Fakir Salem Al Fakir 2nd 183
2011 "Leaving Home" Jojo Borg Larsson, Nicke Borg, Fredrik Thomander, Anders "Gary" Wikström Nicke Borg 8th 57
2012[9] "Why Start a Fire" Lisa Miskovsky, Aleksander With, Bernt Rune Stray, Berent Philip Moe Lisa Miskovsky 9th 39
2013[10] "You" Robin Stjernberg, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas Robin Stjernberg 1st 166
2014[11] "Undo" Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Hamed "K-One" Pirouzpanah Sanna Nielsen 1st 212
2015[12] "Don't Stop Believing" Miss Li, Sonny Gustafsson Mariette Hansson 3rd 102

Fan Award[edit]

As with for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest a fan award was also given out for the 2008 Melodifestivalen.

Year Performer Song Final Result Points
2008 Amy Diamond "Thank You" 8th 36


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