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Sabina Babayeva

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Səbinə Babayeva
Sabina Babayeva (2012)
Sabina Babayeva (2012)
Background information
Born (1979-12-02) 2 December 1979 (age 44)
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
GenresJazz, pop, soul

Sabina Babayeva (Azerbaijani: Səbinə Babayeva; born 2 December 1979, Baku) is an Azerbaijani singer. She represented Azerbaijan in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 26 May 2012, with the song "When the Music Dies", as the 13th act, and finished 4th overall.

Eurovision Song Contest 2012[edit]

Sabina Babayeva is a graduate of the Asaf Zeynally Music School in Baku with a degree in vocal arts. She has participated in a number of song competitions both in her country and abroad. She is known in Azerbaijan as the singer of Roya kimi, theme song of the 2003 Azerbaijani television series Bayaz hayat.[1] She is a veteran contestant in the Azerbaijani national selection, she has applied to represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest every year since the country's debut in 2008. In 2011, she came third in her heat.[2]

Prior to being selected, Sabina Babayeva recorded the song Sikhvarulis tamashi in duo with Anri Jokhadze who represented Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.[3]

As part of her promotional tour, Sabina performed in London, Amsterdam and Budapest.[4] At Eurovision, she came in fourth, the highest rank for a host country contestant since the introduction of the semi-finals.[5] She also received the Marcel Bezençon Press Award for her performance of "When the Music Dies".[6]

After Eurovision[edit]

In 2012, Babayeva was admitted to a post-secondary programme at the Baku Academy of Music.[7]

In 2014, Babayeva was the spokesperson for the Azerbaijani voting for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Personal life[edit]

She considers Engelbert Humperdinck as one of her favourite singers and has expressed an interest in singing a duet with him.[8]

On 30 July 2012, it was announced that Babayeva had got engaged to Javidan Sharifov, six years her junior, a program director on Ictimai TV. The couple was reported to have been dating for a year.[9] Sabina Babayeva refuted the claim[10] but despite her initial reaction, the wedding did take place on 26 September.[11] In early 2016, Babayeva gave birth to a son.[12]

Achievements and awards[edit]

  • A laureate of 1st award in nomination for the best rendering of foreign song in local competition ”Wave” among musical institutions in 1999.
  • A laureate of international contest of young vocal performers “Golden Hit’99
  • A Diploma for the participation in Charity Concerts dedicated to the International Day of Innocent Children victims of aggression and UN Program for the International year of Culture of Peace‘2000.
  • In 2002 was invited to LAMA (los-angeles music academy) on vocal department
  • A laureate of the 1st premium of international festival dedicated to 55th years passed from World War
  • A laureate of 1st premium in Republic Contest of young singers"Golden Key 2001
  • Grand-prix of International contest of young performers “Amberstar 2009” in Latvia – Stockholm
  • A Grand-prix of International contest of young performers named “Slavic Star’2009
  • A performer of soundtrack “Like a Dream” in a 10 parts “White Life” Movie .
  • A soloist in Aypara music vocal instrumental group
  • A soloist in Baku jazz club
  • A soloist in musical “Noterdam De Pari“ 2010- 2011
  • A representer of Azerbaijan at culture week in Paris ‘2011
  • A representer of Azerbaijan at culture week in Washington’2013
  • A representer of Azerbaijan at culture week in Cannes ‘2013
  • A representer of Azerbaijan at culture week in Vilnius ‘2013
  • A representer at Eurovision song contest 2012 (4-d place Azerbaijan) (video)
  • Live concert in Moscow “Zaferano” club and Baku “11” club 2012
  • A “Voice of year’2012 ” nomination given by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan Respublic
  • A singer of National Anthem at the first European games[usurped] in Baku 2015
  • A special guest at close ceremony of Islamic games 2017


  • Sabina Babayeva (2001) [1] [2]
  • Roya kimi (OTS) - Sabina Babayeva (2003) [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Duets - Sabina Babayeva (2009) [1] [2]
  • When the music dies - Sabina Babayeva (Eurovision-2012) [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]
  • Retro - Sabina (2012) [1]
  • Ey Azerbaycanim - Sabina Babayeva (2013) [1] [2]
  • Geca - Sabina (2014) [1]
  • Oceans away - Sabina Babayeva (2014) [1] [2] [3]
  • Out Of Love - DJ AKG & Sabina Babayeva (2014) [1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (in Azerbaijani) Sabina Babayeva - Roya Kimi. Markaz Information Agency. 13 February 2012. Archived 3 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ (in Azerbaijani) Azerbaijan's Eurovision Representative Known. Lent.az. 13 February 2012.
  3. ^ Georgia and Latvia Selected Representatives for ESC 2012. APA. 20 February 2012.
  4. ^ Sabina Babayeva on Preparing for Eurovision. Day.az. 30 March 2012.
  5. ^ Sabina Babayeva's Unprecedented Result. 1news.az. 31 May 2012.
  6. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (27 May 2012). Winners of the Marcel Bezençon Awards 2012. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 15 July 2012
  7. ^ Sabina Babayeva Became Student. Day.az. 18 August 2012.
  8. ^ 1 25 May 2012.
  9. ^ Azerbaijani Participant of Eurovision Got Engaged. Day.az. 30 July 2012.
  10. ^ Sabina Babayeva Refuted Rumours of Coming Engagement. 1news.az. 30 July 2012.
  11. ^ Sabina Babayeva Got Married. 1news.az. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  12. ^ Səbinə Babayevanın oğlu oldu. Qafqazinfo.az. 3 January 2016.
Preceded by Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by