Marija Šerifović

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Marija Šerifović
Marija Šerifović.jpg
In 2009
Born (1984-11-14) November 14, 1984 (age 35)
ResidenceBelgrade, Serbia
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • producer
  • television judge
Years active2003–present
Musical career

Marija Šerifović (Serbian: Марија Шерифовић, pronounced [mǎrija ʃerǐːfoʋitɕ]; born 14 November 1984) is a Serbian singer and record producer. She is best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with 'Molitva' (Prayer), making her Serbia's first and only Eurovision winner to date. Šerifović is recognised for her powerful and emotional vocal performances.

Early life[edit]

Marija Šerifović was born on November 14, 1984 in Kragujevac in central Serbia. Her father, Rajko Šerifović, was a drummer, and her mother, Verica Šerifović, is a popular folk singer. She comes from a mixed marriage of a Muslim/Orthodox father and an Orthodox mother.[1] When Verica was nine months pregnant with Marija, her husband left her for another woman with whom he had a son, Danijel, who is also a singer and a vocal coach. Šerifović described her father as an abusive alcoholic who would regularly beat her mother.[2]


Šerifović released her debut album Naj, Najbolja (The Very, Very Best) in 2003 under City Records.[3] The following year she won at the Budva Music Festival with 'Bol do ludila' (Pain until Insanity). She also claimed victory at the Radio Festival in 2005 and released her sophomore record Bez Ljubavi (Without Love) in 2006.[4] A year later she held her first concert in Sava Centar, Belgrade.

In the search for the newly formed independent Serbia's entry for 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, Šerifović with 'Molitva' (Prayer) was chosen winner according to the jury and the public vote. On 10 May, she performed fifteenth, placing first with 298 points. Two days after, she claimed victory with 268 points, becoming Serbia's first and to date only Eurovision winner.[5] Returning home, she was greeted by more than 70,000 people in front of the Civic Assembly of Belgrade. She also held a concert in her home town in front of 60,000 co-citizens. The following year, Serbia hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade, where Šerifović performed her winning song and handed over the title to Dima Bilan from Russia. She was also in the jury to choose the Irish entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and Swedish for Eurovision Song Contest 2009.

In 2008, Šerifović released her third album titled Nisam anđeo (I'm not an angel), and a year later her fourth Anđeo (Angel).[6][7] In May 2010, she held a concert in the Belgrade Arena. Her documentary series, Confession, was broadcast on Prva TV in 2013, in which she talked about her difficult childhood, rose to fame and coming out as a lesbian.[8] In 2014 she released her fifth record, Hrabro (Bravely).[9]

In 2015, Šerifović, alongside Jelena Karleuša, became a judge on the televised singing competition Zvezde Granda. During the same year she started releasing singles, gaining much popularity. Soon she became one of the leading regional artists, performing in some of the biggest venues such as Zetra Olympic Hall in March 2016, Belgrade Arena in May 2018 and Koševo City Stadium in July 2018. In 2019 she sold out Sava Centar six times in a row during her tour called 'Druga strana ploče' (The Other Side of the Record).


Studio albums

Awards and nominations[edit]

Music Awards Ceremony
Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2019 "Nije ljubav to" Female Pop Song of the Year Nominated [10]
"11" Music Video Song of the Year Nominated
Štark Arena, May 24, 2017 Concert of the Year Nominated
Herself Female Artist of the Year Won
Year Award Category Result
2007 Marcel Bezençon Awards Artistic Award Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ispovest" (PDF). Marija Šerifović. 2014. p. 14. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  2. ^ "MARIJA ŠERIFOVIĆ OTKRIVA: Lezbijka sam, seks sa devojkom je divan!". Telegraf. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Naj, Najbolja". Discogs.
  4. ^ "Bez ljubavi". Discogs.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Nisam Anđeo". Discogs.
  7. ^ "Anđeo". Discogs.
  8. ^ "I Am A Lesbian! – Marija Serifovic Opens Up In Her Film "Confession"". InSerbia News. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Hrabro". Discogs.
  10. ^ "Ovo je lista dobitnika regionalnih MAC muzičkih nagrada" (in Serbian). January 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Finland Lordi
with Hard Rock Hallelujah
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Russia Dima Bilan
with Believe
Preceded by
Serbia and Montenegro No name
Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Jelena Tomašević
with Oro
Preceded by
Flamingosi feat Louis
Beovizija winner
Preceded by
Saša Matić
Dado Topić
Music Festival Budva winner
Succeeded by
Tijana Dapčević