Winners of the Marcel Bezençon Awards

Winners of the Marcel Bezençon Awards
Photo courtesy of Pieter Van den Berghe (EBU)
Düsseldorf, Germany -

Azerbaijan were not the only winners on Saturday night. Three other acts were also able to celebrate winning, when the annual Marcel Bezençon Awards were handed out in Düsseldorf. The awards were presented in a ceremony backstage shortly before the Final, hosted by Christer Björkman, founder of the awards.

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest in Tallinn. The awards are named after the creator of the contest, Marcel Bezençon. See the video of this year's event below.

The 2011 Marcel Bezençon Awards

Press Award – Given to the best entry as voted on by the accredited media and press during the Eurovision Song Contest: Paradise Oskar from Finland with Da Da Dum.

Artistic Award – Presented to the best artist as voted on by the commentators: Jedward from Ireland who performed Lipstick.

Composer Award – The best and most original composition as voted on by the participating composers: Daniel Moyne, Quentin Bachelet, Jean-Pierre Marcellessi and Julie Miller for the French entry Sognu performed by Amuary Vassili.

Last year one country scooped all three awards when Harel Skaatt for Israel triumphed with the song Milim, composed by Tomer Adaddi and Noam Horev.


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  • Posted on 28/May 2011 at 01:57
    I can see why finland got the press vote - very eco friendly and a worthy cause.

    I think I'd agree with the other awards too. I imagine Jedward were very friendly, entertaining and endeared themselves to the commentators well.
    Sognu was epic.


    I think in the Composer Award there was a few good songs worth a look though, Change by Romania, Feel the Passion by Albania, With Love from Belgium, and What about My Dreams by Hungary. But Sognu still should have won i think. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23/May 2011 at 10:01
    Finland deserved to be in the top 10 in my opinion.The French song was wonderful, but maybe not so appropriate for Eurovision... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/May 2011 at 21:05
    I still tear up listening to Finland's song. it's too beautiful and meaningful. it definitely deserves an award on international levels. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/May 2011 at 19:31
    AZERBAIJAN THE BEST ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2011 at 17:50
    Depuis que la Yougoslavie et de la Tchécoslovaquie ont été divisées, l'Eurovision n'a plus d'identité... Une centaine de votants a autant d'importance que des millions !!!!
    C'est pas du tout équitable et dans ce cas , je suis pour que la France arrêté l'Eurovision.

    Ce n'est nullement une question de perdre ou de gagner , mais de réalité des choses.

    Etant tous unis autour de l'Europe, ne peut-on pas voter unis ? L'Eurovision dispose du nombre d'appel par pays, donc il suffit de faire le total.

    Bien sûr, il sera nécessaire de revoir la cérémonie grotesque d'attribution des points. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2011 at 13:13
    Hi, i'm azeri living in Baku. We don't know yet where in Baku the contest will be held. But anyway i think it's better to book hotel in downtown, close to historical centre. From airport you can reach the city center only by taxi for now (about 20 euros). In the city we have metro and busses. Hotels close to historical center costs at least 70 euro. For now we don't have enough low budget hotels. Mostly 4-5 stars. Maybe for the next year they will constract some low budget hotels. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/May 2011 at 18:31
    Who' s gona take the ''Barbara Dex'' trophy?I think Ireland!!!How crazy guys!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/May 2011 at 15:11
    Sweden , Hungary & UK. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/May 2011 at 14:42
    Sognu was a really good song. I am sad that it didn't get a better result. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17/May 2011 at 22:29
    Fair play for Azerbahidjan.
    2 times consecutive, <this coutry was next to the podium.
    The same thign than Russia... they won the ESC too after taking a top 3 place the year before.

    France wasn"t bad this year but some other countries where better.

    I hope them with Italy and Filand to win the next ESC.

    Bye Bye report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17/May 2011 at 22:17
    I heard that France will not participate anymore for a long time for the next ESC.
    Who will pay The 2012Th ESC in your Opinion?

    Haha...Please thing about this.
    Germany has no more money after 2011 show.

    Oups : Russia would be sérious to pay East Coutrny to win a ntoher time.

    It's a Joke from me. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17/May 2011 at 21:41
    I have to say that this year was so average that no one really stood out... Thank God these years don't come often. Waiting for a better year in 2012...
    Not going to Azerbaijan though... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17/May 2011 at 20:38
    Finally someone recognised that French song is the best in the musical sense. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17/May 2011 at 15:56
    @Mikha

    How stupid lie? Haven't your music listening? hahaha... Find another fraud about Azerbaijan... ha ha ha report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17/May 2011 at 14:32
    the best of this year is not Azerbajdzan. this Ding Dong song of Israel.
    And can smb tell me how Serbia and Switzerland could be in the final?????? report to the moderator